Broward law enforcement agencies push bill to arm paramedics

Paramedics would be allowed to carry a gun when responding to hostage standoffs and mass shootings under a bill supported by Broward County law enforcement agencies.

The proposal (HB 487) advancing in the Florida Legislature would authorize trained paramedics and physicians attached to a SWAT team to carry a firearm during operations for defensive purposes only.

It would grant medical professionals the same immunity and privileges as law enforcement officers, which include the ability to carry a gun into a school zone and greater authority to use deadly force.

“This to me is a no-brainer bill,” said Greg Lees, a captain with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. “It provides the ability for people providing aid to us and the citizens to protect themselves.”