Manatee state Rep. Steube's guns in schools bill advances

April 17, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE — House Bill 753 School Safety filed by state Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, which seeks to enhance safety in Florida schools, has passed the House Committee and is ready for the Florida House of Representatives Special Order Calendar.

“In my home counties of Sarasota and Manatee, the average response time for law enforcement is six to 11 minutes and in rural areas it is even longer,” Steube said. “As a father and a military veteran, I believe that not having school resource officers or armed personnel on a campus is a factor in the needless loss of life that has occurred across America.

House Bill 753 entrusts security planning to local school districts and locally elected officials. With the approval of a local school board, the school superintendent would have the option to designate school district employees or volunteers to conceal carry guns on a school campus.

The designees must be from a select category of military service members or law enforcement. Law enforcement officers must have retired in good standing and complete any background screening or mental health evaluation.

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