Guns on campus bill gains momentum in Florida House of Representatives

Jeremy Collard

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Legislation that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring weapons on college campuses passed through the second of three committees during the Nov. 5 Florida House of Representatives meeting.

The Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee voted 10-3 in favor of HB 4001, introduced by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota). The committee voted primarily along political party lines, garnering support from Republicans in the group.

Florida would become the ninth state to introduce provisions allowing concealed carry on public college campuses if the bill were to become law. The Sunshine State is one of 19 states that bans carrying on campus, with another 23 states leaving campuses to make that decision for themselves.

HB 4001 will make its next stop in the House Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks. The meeting’s exact date has not been announced.

Spinnaker will update when more information becomes available.

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