The Miami-Dade County School Board joined teachers unions and parents Wednesday in opposition of legislation moving through the state capital that would allow designated school employees or volunteers to carry guns on campus.
The board voted 8 to 1 to oppose the proposal, which would allow Florida superintendents and principals to authorize certain trained and permitted individuals to carry concealed firearms at school as a safety measure. Sen. Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla who is sponsoring the senate version of the bill, says the legislation is “in the interest of maintaining a safe learning environment for all of our schoolchildren.”
Hays’ bill passed a Senate panel Monday — the same day that Miramar police arrested and charged a student with bringing an assault rifle in his car onto school grounds — and a House version passed a committee Wednesday.
The legislation still has a long way to go before becoming law, and the same proposal stalled last year. But school board Vice Chairman Lawrence Feldman urged his colleagues to oppose the legislation.
“I’m not willing to take a chance of having to go to a kid’s funeral because someone in school has permission to carry a gun,” Feldman said.