Florida’s Republican-controlled state House and Senate advanced a bill this week that would arm teachers in every school in the state over the vocal objections of Parkland residents following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The Florida House Appropriations Committee approved a bill Tuesday that included a $67 million program to train teachers to carry guns.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, the Republican-controlled committee voted to approve a “school marshal” program that proposes putting 10 teachers trained to carry a gun in every school.
The state’s Senate Appropriations Committee passed a similar bill on Tuesday.
The state would reportedly cover the costs of drug testing, psychological exams, background checks, and 132 hours of training, but doesn’t address whether teachers would have to buy their own guns.
The same bill also includes provisions that would raise the age requirement to buy a gun from 18 to 21, imposes a three-day waiting period for gun purchases in the state and calls for $400 million to improve school security.
President Trump has repeatedly proposed arming teachers and suggested that teachers willing to carry a firearm could receive a “little bonus.”
Democrats and several Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have opposed the idea of arming teachers.
Many teachers, including some in Parkland, have also slammed the president’s idea.