Guns at church legislation passes Senate panel

Posted at 2:52 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 21:59:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In a narrow vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the property of churches and other religious institutions with schools.

The measure was amended to specify that guns would only be allowed on church property when school is not in session.

The amendment was put in place to address the concern of guns being permitted during school hours.

Bill sponsors say the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC, and another last year in Sutherland Springs, Texas, prove the necessity for the legislation.

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