Bill to allow guns on Florida campuses passes first hurdle

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Posted: Jan 20, 2015 7:58 PM

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would allow guns on university campuses in Florida has passed its first hurdle in the state legislature, two months after a shooter wounded three people at a Florida State University library.

A Florida House committee voted 8-4 to back the bill Tuesday with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.

GOP Rep. Greg Steube argues his bill would make campuses safer because a possible shooter could be stopped by a gun owner before police arrived on the scene. He noted only those 21 and older can get a concealed weapon permit in Florida, so few students would qualify.

Steube says he began preparing his bill before the university shooting in November. The bill faces two more Florida House committees. An identical state Senate bill hasn't been heard yet.