Senate Democrats lose fight to remove arming teachers provision from school safety bill

Florida Senate Democrats failed Wednesday to stop a proposal that will allow teachers to carry guns on campus.

The Senate voted 22-16 along party lines in favor of allowing classroom teachers to carry guns on campus if they undergo training and local school boards agree.

Democrats argued that arming teachers will have unintended consequences, such as teachers using excessive force or mishandling their guns.

Teachers should be focused on teaching — not having to provide security at schools, said Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale.

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