TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida House subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday to allow trained officials to carry firearms in schools.
House Bill 753, approved 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 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 and be required to have a carry-and-conceal permit.
Local school boards or principals would make the appointments.
The bills next stop is the House Judiciary Committee, Steube said. He said he hoped the bill would be considered by the full panel next week.
Steube said he is planning to file an amendment to 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.