The Associated Press’ article on Florida’s debate over expanding its program to let teachers carry concealed handguns by providing some perspective on how much of the country already allows it. The title of the article is: “Sheriff leading commission investigating Parkland shooting now supports arming teachers.” Their article that was carried by CBS News starts this way:
After the shooting, Florida law was changed to allow school districts to train and arm employees other than teachers, including administrators, librarians and custodians. Teachers are barred unless they are former or current police officers, current members of the military or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructors. Thirteen of the state’s 67 countywide districts adopted the program, mostly in rural parts of the state.
Currently, teachers in 28 states can carry firearms, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, a conservative nonprofit organization. District approval is required in most states and restrictions and training requirements vary. . . .
The information that we compiled is available here. The story was picked up by news outlets around the world, including: CBS News, November 23, 2018; Fox News (National) November 22, 2018; San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2018; Boston Globe, November 21, 2018; Yahoo! News, November 21, 2018; Tampa Bay Times, November 23, 2018; WXYZ ABC Channel 7 (Detroit, Michigan); St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No WFLA NBC Channel 8 (Tampa, Florida); Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 21, 2018; Sacramento Bee, November 21, 2018; Greensboro News & Record, November 21, 2018; New Zealand Herald (Auckland, NZ), November 22, 2018; WTVO Channel 17 and WQRF Fox 39 (Rockford, Illinois), November 23, 2018; NBC Channel 4 (Columbus, Ohio); Channel 10 (Columbus, Ohio); WLRN Radio (Miami, Florida); Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL); Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, Florida); Yeshiva World (New York, NY); WPTV Channel 5 (West Palm Beach Florida); WDEF Channel 12 (Chattanooga, TN); WKRN TV (Nashville, TN); Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton, Florida); and Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho), November 21, 2018.