Florida voters oppose arming teachers and support police working with immigration authorities

Strong majorities of Florida voters in a poll released Wednesday support requiring local law enforcement in the state to work with federal immigration authorities and oppose allowing teachers, even with training, to carry guns in schools.

The findings come from a Quinnipiac University poll that asked Florida voters for their views on a range of issues.


Allowing trained teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds is opposed by 57 percent of Florida voters and supported by 40 percent.

Quinnipiac found a significant gender gap on the issue, with 63 percent of women and 50 percent of men opposed.

The Legislature is considering expansion of the law passed after the Parkland shooting that allows trained administrators, librarians and security officials to carry guns in schools. The program might be expanded to include arming classroom teachers.