US Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers

23:41  04 march  2018
23:41  04 march  2018 Source:   The Hill

Florida governor breaks with Trump on arming teachers

  Florida governor breaks with Trump on arming teachers Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is breaking with President Trump on the idea of arming teachers to deter mass shootings following a school shooting in South Florida that left 17 people dead."Let law enforcement do the keeping us safe, and let teachers focus on teaching," Scott reportedly said Friday, the same day Trump endorsed the idea of putting guns in teachers' hands at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Scott has long been expected to mount a 2018 Senate bid against Sen. Bill Nelson (D), but he has yet to announce whether he's running.

  Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers © Provided by The Hill Michigan lawmakers are considering several gun-related measures in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, including arming teachers and confiscating guns from those with mental illness.

One bill would permit teachers and staff to carry firearms, the Detroit Free Press reported.

President Trump has been strongly calling for arming teachers and said that if a teacher inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was armed on Feb. 14, then the gunman would have never attempted the massacre that left 17 dead.

"He would never have run into the building if he thought bullets were going to come flying back into him," Trump said last month.

Florida reps split on proposal to arm teachers

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In Michigan, a proposed bill would make school security officers exempt from "gun-free" zone restrictions in schools if they were specially trained, the Free Press reported on Tuesday.

Teachers could volunteer for 80 hours of training on firing a gun and engaging an active shooter to de-escalate a dangerous situation.

The guns would be locked up in a undisclosed location and the rest of the school would remain a "gun-free" zone.

Trump has also criticized "gun-free" school zones.

"If they go into a school, a gun-free zone is like target practice for these guys. They see that and that's what they want. Gun-free zones are very dangerous. The bad guys love gun-free zones," Trump said.

Hearings will be scheduled on the legislative proposal throughout the spring for a bill being drafted by Republican state Rep. Jim Runestad.

The Republican-controlled Michigan legislature is also considering a "red flag" bill, which would allow law enforcement to temporarily confiscateguns from people with potentially dangerous symptoms of mental illness.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has expressed support for gun control bills focusing on mental health issues.

No vote on Kentucky pension bill as teachers protest .
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