A Florida House subcommittee has approved a bill that would allow trained officials to carry firearms in schools as a way to improve safety.
The bill, H.B. 753, approved Wednesday by the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, is sponsored by state Rep. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton.
It gives schools the option to appoint former or current law enforcement officers and former or current military officers with state-legislated training to carry firearms on campus.
They would be required to go through 40 hours of school-safety training and eight hours of active-shooter training each year. They also would need four hours of firearm qualification annually.
They'd be required to have a carry-and-conceal permit.
Local school boards or principals would make the appointments.
The bill's next stop is the House Judiciary Committee, Steube saidWednesday. He hoped the bill would be considered by the full panel next week, he said.
Steube said he is planning an amendment that would allow school districts to develop their own policies. A school superintendent would designate who could carry a gun in each school, according to Steube.
Representatives for the Florida School Board Association and Parent Teacher Association opposed the bill.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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