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Arming teachers in schools

Posted at 10:24 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 22:24:31-04

Fowler Firearms in Fort Myers caters to just about every need its customers could have. Manager John Dezendorf sees people come in looking for guns for a variety of reasons. 

"Whether it's something to conceal or something for the house", he told Four in Your Corner. 

Classrooms could soon be added to the list. Despite his prior opposition to taking measures to arm teachers, Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act on Friday. While the bill doesn't require the arming of teachers, it does leave the option open. 

Dezendorf told Four In Your Corner that if a teacher was going to arm themselves in the classroom, there were ways to do it safely and a variety of guns to choose from. When Dezendorf explained a basic gun orientation to Fox 4, he described the different kind of concealed weapons that were popular for his customers who were looking for a personal weapon. 

One of those guns was a semi-automatic, nine millimeter, Smith and Wesson Shield. Its a gun Dezendorf says is popular for customers who want to protect their personal property. As for where the gun would be stored in a classroom, Dezendorf says that depends on what the teacher wants to do with the gun. 

"Whether or not they're gonna be carrying the firearm on their person or if they're just gonna' be storing it."

According to Dezendorf, both have their benefits. Storing the gun keeps it away from anyone who is not trained to use it. Carrying the concealed weapon insures the person using it knows where it is at all times. Dezendorf suggests that the best place to keep a gun if one intends to store it, is in a place where they can easily get to it in an emergency.