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School gun bill gets House panel debut Wednesday

A House panel takes up a disputed bill that would allow select employees and volunteers to carry guns at public schools. HB 19 gets its debut hearing Wednesday with the K-12 Subcommittee.

Supporters of the bill, filed by Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube, say it improves school safety. If passed, the measure would allow school superintendents, after county school board approval, to authorize a “school safety designee” to carry a concealed weapon on school property.

Designees could be honorably discharged military veterans, active-duty members of the military, National Guard or reserves, or active-duty or former law-enforcement officers. Those selected must have a license to carry concealed weapons, complete a designated school-safety program, and pass a background check.

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Greg Evers, a Baker Republican, filed the Senate version of the bill (SB 180), which has yet to have its initial committee hearing.

Guns at school is a controversial issue this session as lawmakers consider other proposals, such as allowing people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college or university campuses. Opponents argue that allowing guns on campus would be an increased hazard to students.

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