Bill allowing school staff to carry guns moving forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are looking at another proposal allowing certain school employees to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

Sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, the bill was recently added to the house floor for a hearing Friday.

Several lawmakers have expressed concerns about it, such as Rep. Mark Pafford. He's filed three amendments on the bill, including one that requires the employees to keep the guns on them at all times and one that would allow parents to know who in the schools is allowed to carry a weapon.

"I'm filing them largely because the bill is rather loose, you know. It's providing people an opportunity to carry weapons in school and that's a big responsibility," said Rep. Pafford, D-West Palm Beach.

Pafford said his three amendments failed. The measure now moves on for a final hearing in the house Monday without those changes.

The purpose of the bill is stated in the first few lines:

"It is the intent of the Legislature to prevent violent crimes from occurring on school grounds. The Legislature acknowledges that the safekeeping of our students, teachers, and campuses is imperative."


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