A new Florida law will allow paramedics and other emergency responders to be armed in “high-risk incidents.”
The new law will allow the first responders to carry a firearm in situations such as hostage situations or an armed suicidal person, as well as shootings and drug raids. Medical professionals carrying firearms are required to complete annual firearm safety training and tactical training. The law will go into effect on July 1st.
Florida joins Ohio and Kansas in having similar laws on emergency responder firearms. Similar bills have also been proposed in Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia.