Senate bill filed on guns at religious institutions

Posted at 5:36 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 14:00:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses would be allowed to pack heat while at private schools on the properties of religious institutions, under a proposal filed Wednesday by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.

The measure (SB 274), filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January, reintroduces a proposal that failed during the 2017 session. Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale, introduced an identical House proposal (HB 113) in August.

Outside of law-enforcement officers, state law prohibits people from carrying guns at schools.

The House approved a measure similar to the Stargel-Combee proposal during the 2017 session, while the Senate approved a narrower version that would have barred people from carrying guns on the properties during school hours or when school activities are underway.

Supporters have said people with concealed-weapons licenses should be able to be armed at churches for security reasons.