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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on state university campuses is advancing in the Legislature.

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The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 3-2 on Wednesday in favor of the bill.

The vote came after testimony from people with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

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Opponents said allowing guns in an atmosphere that is often stressful is a mistake. They also said campuses are among the safest places in the country, so there’s no need to add guns.

But supporters said people have a constitutional right to carry guns to protect themselves. They also argued that people who have been licensed to carry guns very rarely use them to commit a crime.

A similar bill has failed the last two regular legislative sessions.

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