MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) – Amid a national focus on campus shootings, a state Senate committee next week will consider a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms at Florida colleges and universities.READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court Rulings
The Senate Higher Education Committee is scheduled next Tuesday to take up the bill filed by Sen. Greg Evers. The proposal has already passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which is chaired by Evers, and an identical House version has been approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
The bills are filed for the 2016 legislative session, which starts in January.
The issue has been highly controversial, with university-system leaders opposed to allowing guns on campus and Second Amendment advocates arguing for the bills. But it is likely to draw even more debate after a mass shooting Oct. 1 at an Oregon community college and other shooting incidents in Arizona and Texas.MORE NEWS: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.