WATCH: School resource officers in this district will carry AR-15s

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In this photo taken March 15, 2017, Karl Sorken, production manager for Battle Rifle Co., based in Webster, Texas, works on the rails of an AR-15 style rifle.
In this photo taken March 15, 2017, Karl Sorken, production manager for Battle Rifle Co., based in Webster, Texas, works on the rails of an AR-15 style rifle. Battle Rifle is one of now more than 10,000 gunmakers in the United States. President Donald Trump promised to revive manufacturing in the U.S., but one sector is poised to shrink under his watch: the gun industry. Fears of limits on guns led to a surge in demand during President Barack Obama’s tenure and manufacturers leapt to keep up. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

WATCH: School resource officers in this district will carry AR-15s

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Another district in Florida said it is making sure school resource officers, or SROs, are armed at all times to prevent a mass shooting.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office says SROs now have access to an AR-15 to protect students and staff in the event of an emergency.

“Our folks are not gonna be running backwards to get a shield, running backwards to get a rifle. They’re gonna go directly at the threat and the teams that come in behind them can bring in that additional gear as they’re responding,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said.

The rifle is kept in a safe during the school day.

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Recently, the sheriff’s office held an active shooter training that was documented for social media.

“We’re never going to be Parkland, we’re never going to be Uvalde. I want you to hear that directly from my mouth,” Sheriff Flowers said.

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The sheriff’s deputies will bring the weapon with them to work and take it home at night.

Indian River joins Brevard County in making sure SROs have a rifle immediately available at all times during the school day.

“Let me be very clear: You are not coming into my schools and killing our children. I firmly believe that if you do not meet violence with violence, you will be violently killed,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

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