Twin bills were introduced last week to the Florida legislature that would change how the state enforces gun laws on both K-12 and university campuses across the Sunshine State.
Introduced in the Senate is a measure that would allow a school superintendent to designate authorized faculty to carry a concealed gun on elementary and secondary campuses while a House proposal would expand concealed carry rights on Florida’s public colleges and universities.
“A person should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right for their self-protection of themselves as well as those around them,” said Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, backer of the K-12 bill. “It’s not even safe to go to a movie theater anymore. I think that’s more of a call for folks having self-protection.”
Ever’s legislation, SB 72, would allow for a provision to state law for school superintendents to select a designee to carry a concealed weapon on campus following vetting and training.
An effort to allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to bring their firearms on public campuses is being spearheaded by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. The measure, HB 4001, would lift the controversial gun free zone that was the subject of much public debate in recent years.