[Video] Florida Bill to Allow Defensive Guns in School Has First Hearing, Trayvon Martin’s Father Testifies

March 12 2014
by GSL Staff
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A bill being considered in Florida would allow schools to designate a trained employee to carry a firearm for the protection of themselves and students in the event of a violent situation.

The bill, called the School Safety Bill, would allow persons with military or law enforcement backgrounds and concealed carry permit holders to carry a firearm in school. The person must undergo additional training and must be approved by the local school board.

Both opponents and proponents of the bill testified at the hearing. Although, many of the opponents, including the parents of Trayvon Martin, used the opportunity to testify against Florida’s stand your ground law, which has nothing to do with this bill.

The bill was ultimately passed by the committee with a vote of 5-2 and now moves on in the legislative process.

One member of the Florida School Board Association spoke out against the bill. According to WCTV,

The bill isn’t getting any support from the Florida School Board Association.

“It allows young people to say ‘if my teacher has a gun or my coach has a gun, why can’t I carry a gun?’ That is the wrong message for impressionable young students,” said Wayne Blanton, Florida School Board Association.

A bill from Rep. Dennis Baxley [(R-Ocala)] touts common sense punishment for kids who make guns out of Pop-Tarts moved through the Capitol last week. Blanton says putting a real gun and not a pastry around kids could lead to more problems.

“I think that there would be more instances of things that would happen and could go wrong when more people have guns on campus,” said Blanton.

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