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Florida Legislators Pass Bill to Arm School Staff and Potentially Open Schools to Lawsuits

Florida lawmakers, in response to the school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida, passed legislation empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against future school shootings. The measure was passed by Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday and will become law unless Republican Governor Rick Scott vetoes it. However, some experts say that this could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits.

Public employees are generally immune to civil suits, but those authorized to carry a concealed weapon under the Florida measure potentially could be held liable in circumstances such as an accidental shooting or if a gun is lost or stolen and later used in a crime.

The legislation would create a program that would allow librarians, coaches, and some other school staff to carry a concealed weapon and act as “deputy sheriffs” in the event of an active shooting incident. It would exclude classroom teachers from carrying guns to work unless they are part of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, U.S. military service members or former police officers.

If you or someone you know has been harmed in a gun related incident, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.


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