Proposed bill would appoint 'school marshals' in Florida

Posted at 7:34 AM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 08:20:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hendry County isn't the only place in Florida that could have an armed staff member on campus.

HB 7101, also called the "School Marshal Bill”, is expected to be up for discussion Friday in the state house in Tallahassee.

If it becomes law, it would allow sheriff's offices statewide to appoint armed "school marshals."  But there would be several requirements.

Potential applicants need a valid gun license, and take 132 hours of firearm training.  They would also have to pass a psychiatric exam and a drug test.

The marshal would be a volunteer already working at the school.  They would also not be allowed to arrest anyone.

Read the full bill HERE.