House panel favors ending ban on guns in schools - POLL

Shown in 2011, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.

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Shown in 2011, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.

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MIAMI — A House panel has passed a bill that would allow school principals to designate school employees to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Several lawmakers said during a meeting in Tallahassee on Wednesday that the bill is a common sense approach to protecting students with limited funds. There is not enough money to provide resource officers in every school.

The bill would give principals the option to designate one or several school employees to carry concealed weapons or pass on the measure altogether. The designee would be required to complete two types of training.

Rep. Dennis Baxley applauded the bill, saying gun-free school zones have inadvertently made schools ideal targets for madmen.

The Florida School Board Association spoke out against the bill and worried about liability issues.

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