Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill which will allow paramedics to be armed when responding to dangerous calls. The medics will have to attend firearms and tactical training beforehand.
A new law in Florida will allow paramedics to carry firearms when responding to shootings, drug raids and other high-risk situations.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure Friday, June 7. It says paramedics don’t have to retreat and are justified in using force to defend themselves or others bodily harm.
The law takes effect July 1. It identifies other such instances as dealing with an armed suicidal person and hostage situations.
Medical professionals carrying firearms are required to complete annual firearm safety training and tactical training, the measure says.
Similar to the bill allowing teachers to be armed, this bill is not mandatory for paramedics. Having said that, I believe this is a good idea. I’ve seen more than a few medics hurt while responding to high-risk calls, so I’m all for them carrying if they feel comfortable.