The Guns on Campus Debate

Guns on Campus
Posted at 8:52 PM, Feb 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-17 00:24:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - The Senate Criminal Justice Committee discusses two controversial Bills Monday, about carrying guns.

According to the Florida News Service, one of the bills would allow people without concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns when subject to mandatory emergency evacuations. The other Bill would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to have guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

Committee Chairman Greg Evers is sponsoring the "Campus Carry" Bill. He says, situations like the November school shooting at Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University, prove that rules against guns on campus just don't work.

Florida's State University System, representing all 12 public universities in the state, oppose the guns on campus Bill. FSU President John Thrasher was a key player in defeating the legislation four years ago, when it was close to passing.

Florida's University System is taking aim at the idea of allowing guns on campus. In a statement, released Thursday, the University System said, removing long-standing protection goes against their values and would create new challenges for a safe learning environment.

The State University System of Florida says, it's committed to the safety and security of all students.