TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A bill that would let Florida school teachers bring guns into classrooms is moving through the state legislature.
The School Safety Bill passed the Florida House Education Committee Thursday.
“This is a great example of where we are giving our schools the ability to help protect their students," said State Rep. Amber Mariano, (R- Hudson).
The bill would expand an existing guardian program and would local school boards would decide whether they want to implement it in their district.
According to lawmakers, it would be voluntary, and teachers would have to undergo extensive firearms training, possess a valid concealed weapon permit, pass a psychological evaluation, among other requirements.
Those who support the bill say it's a last-defense to protect students and teachers against an active shooter.
Opponents, however, argue it's a dangerous idea.
“Arming teachers who are on the clock to teach, not in attack mode, place us and our students at an increased risk of being killed," said Grieta Patenaude, a Tampa high school teacher.
The Florida Senate will be discussing its version of the school safety bill, Tuesday.