Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that he is planning to issue rifles to trained deputies at local public schools.
During a press conference, Israel told reporters that Broward Superintendent Robert W. Runcie supported the idea.
Israel said the security measure will be implemented in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead and 16 injured on Feb. 14 in Parkland.
After the death of the 14 teenagers and 3 adults, Israel said he believed law makers needed to enact "common sense" gun laws. Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to the shooting, purchased the AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle when he was 18 years old.
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