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Florida’s Teacher Carry Law Went into Effect on October 1

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On October 1, 2019, Florida’s teacher carry law went into effect.

Under SB 7030, teachers would be allowed to concealed carry during their work day provided that they go through 140 hours of training and pass an extensive background check and psychological exam.

However, not every school district will allow teacher carry.

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Miami Dade and Orlando will continue to hire police officers to provide security.

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Tracking the number of teachers carrying in Florida’s will be a difficult task in the near future.

The law features language which requires anonymity about who decides to carry and what schools they work at.

This anonymity would keep shooters from finding out which teachers are carrying. It would also keep shooters on their toes, since they won’t be exactly sure if they will face armed resistance.

That anonymity would prevent a shooter from identifying teachers willing to carry.  It also could make a shooter think twice, since he can’t be sure to meet unarmed resistance.

Although Florida embraced anti-gun policies such as red flag laws in the wake of the Parkland shooting of 2018, it made up ground by passing SB 7030 thanks to a 2019 commission which recommended that teachers be armed as a means of preventing shootings.

Florida now joins states like Texas which allow teacher carry.

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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