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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A controversial bill that would allow guns at Florida schools went before a subcommittee at the state capitol on Wednesday.

The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee in Tallahassee met to consider several pieces of legislation, including one that deals with school safety.

House Bill 753 allows superintendents and principals to select certain individuals to carry a loaded firearm on school property after completing training and obtaining the necessary licensing.

It also requires school districts to formulate policies and procedures for active shooters and hostage situations, and conduct active shooter training with law enforcement for each school.

The legislation is similar to a senate bill that is also moving through the legislature.

Supporters have argued the measures are an enhanced way of protecting schools from armed intruders in the wake of what happened in places like Newtown, Connecticut.

Opponents worry about the message it could send to children and say many schools are already protected by armed school resource officers.

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