Guns In School Bill Passed By House Panel

TALLAHASSEE (AP) – A bill which would allow school principals, or employees who they designate, to carry guns on campus has been approved by state House panel.

The bill would give principals the option to designate one or several school employees to carry concealed weapons or pass on the measure altogether. The designee would be required to complete two types of training.

Several lawmakers said during a meeting in Tallahassee on Wednesday that the bill is a common sense approach to protecting students with limited funds. There is not enough money to provide resource officers in every school.

Rep. Dennis Baxley applauded the bill, saying gun-free school zones have inadvertently made schools ideal targets for madmen.

The Florida School Board Association spoke out against the bill and worried about liability issues.

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