TALLAHASSEE — A House committee has approved a bill that would permit selected school officials to carry firearms on campus in case of emergency situations.
The bill approved Wednesday also sets qualifications for who can be designated to carry a firearm, and for other preventative measures in case of a school shooting.
Anyone selected must have a carry and conceal permit, complete training to deal with shooters and be past or current members of either the military or a law enforcement agency.
Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is sponsoring the bill that didn't pass last session.
The bill also requires school districts to hold active-shooter drills once a year — similar to fire drills. Local law enforcement would also be required to review schools every three years and present suggestions for safety precautions.