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FL Rep Has Sites Set on Ending Criminal Empowerment Zones on College Campuses

On August 3rd, Florida State Rep. Greg Stuebe (R) of Sarasota introduced legislation that would allow the concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.

Let me straighten something out first before we get onto Stuebe’s bill.  NOTHING stops criminals from carrying on campus and doing harm.  I mean, they’re criminals so their ill intent is not impeded in the least by some prohibition on carrying a gun on a campus.

What the current law does is bar the LAW ABIDING from carrying on campus to protect themselves.  Stuebe’s bill, HB 4001 and it’s identical partner in the Senate SB 68 introduced by fellow Republican Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Greg Evers,

Here is the general bill that was submitted on Monday and would take effect July 1st, 2016:

 Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.

I find that part about open carry especially interesting as Florida does not currently allow open carry outside of hunting, fishing, camping or target shooting.

This bill would also be a crack in the armor of the OC ban that afflicts only 5 states.

The bill was introduced last year and passed in the House but failed in the Senate thanks to Republican turncoat and Chairman Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla who refused to call a vote for the measure.  Stuebe was told the votes were there and de la Portilla denied the vote because he was against it and knew it would pass otherwise.

College Campus Carry is not the only exciting bill to be proposed for the 2016 session as Senator Evers also introduced SB 72 that would allow school superintendents to designate qualified volunteers to carry a firearm in order to protect students should a criminal ignore the heretofore “gun free zone” forcefield that gun control zealots think work so well.

From the bill:

School Safety; Redefining the term “school”; authorizing a school superintendent, with approval of the school board, to authorize a school safety designee to carry a concealed weapon or firearm on school property; requiring the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to develop a school safety program by a certain date; requiring that fingerprinting fees be borne by the school safety designee or the school; authorizing district school boards to commission one or more school safety officers on each school campus, etc.

It’s good to see Rep Stuebe and Sen Evers taking a REAL approach to keeping students safe.  They are fighting the good fight in the Sunshine state and I hope my readers from Florida make their voices heard to support these men in their mission.

 

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