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New laws now in effect in Md., Fla.

Hundreds of Maryland laws went into effect Tuesday, October 1, including an increase in the age to buy cigarettes and vapes and a ban on bump stocks for firearms, Maryland Reporter reports.

A law in Florida also went into effect—but this law was of a very different ilk: Florida teachers can now carry guns at school, the New York Times reports.

The law allows school districts to let “guardians” who pass psychological and drug screenings and complete at least 144 hours of training to come to school armed with a gun. Volunteers receive a stipend of $500 for participating. The program was named after Aaron Feis, who shielded students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland before being killed.

“You know, until you’re standing in front of someone with a gun pointed at you, you don’t realize how helpless you really are,” the Times quoted Bill Husfelt, the superintendent for Bay County Schools and a program supporter, as saying to CBS News. “We don’t look at it as we want more guns; we look at it as we want more protection.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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