Florida bill aims to allow concealed weapons on school campuses

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A day after a mass stabbing at a Pittsburgh area high school, Florida lawmakers are preparing to look at a bill aimed at boosting safety in schools.

The bill would allow school superintendents to appoint community members to carry concealed weapons on campus.

The people would have to meet guidelines to be able to be appointed.

Requirements include being a former member of law enforcement or the military who retired in good standing.

Those who are armed would have to go through special active-shooter training and already have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

They would be required to go through a background check and be subject to further checks per request of the school district they would be appointed by.

Under the bill, schools would also be required to hold active-shooter drills for students twice a year.

Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota, who wrote the bill, says it would be similar to current requirements to hold multiple fire drills a year.

Critics have said they believe only uniformed officers should be allowed to carry guns on school grounds.

The bill is going to be looked at by the Florida House Judiciary Committee Friday morning.

Steube believes if the bill passes that committee it will be ready to be voted on by the full State House of Representatives.

If the bill is passed by the end of this legislative session on May 2 it would go into effect in July of this year.

Click here to read the full bill.

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