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United States: Florida Governor signs bill to allow teachers to carry guns to school
In a move that could mark the beginning of change in the dynamics of the gun culture in the United States of America, the state of Florida has approved a bill that lets school employees including teachers carry guns to the schools.

The bill was signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott and has been even budgetary provisions of $400 million. The bill when in draft mode had received a lot of criticism and was considered to be dangerous but was passed anyway. 

Support for the bill had been increasing since the February 14 school shooting incident. Among the provisions that could however put the gun culture under control, the act also has increased the minimum age to buy guns from 18 to 21, though the National Rifle Association (NRA) was quick to file a case against the provision.  

What makes the situation worse is that it is not only the teachers who will be allowed to carry the weapons but also other school staff including, janitors and cafeteria workers. The provisions of the bill are though not mandatory in nature which means the teachers have an option not carrying the guns to the schools but many have even criticised such a provision claiming that this will increase the instances of shootings in schools. The supporters of this bill have, however, claimed that in case teachers are allowed to carry guns to the school, they will be able to save lives in case of a shooting within the school premises. 

The teachers union had however recommended that guns be kept away from schools. 

"We urge you to honour your instincts and act to keep additional firearms from our schools unless they are in the hands of trained law enforcement personnel," Joanne McCall, president of the teachers union, wrote in a letter to the governor of the state.

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