Controversial bills that would arm some people with concealed guns on college and school campuses will be back before the Legislature in 2016.
The two bills failed to pass the House and Senate in 2015.
One (SB 68, HB 4001), introduced by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would allow anyone with a concealed carry license from the state to bring their guns with them on college campuses. Right now, it’s illegal to have a gun on any state college or university property.
The other (SB 72), by Evers, would give school districts the power to arm one employee or volunteer in each school. The individual would have to be a member of the military, a veteran or a current or retired law enforcement officer.
Both National Rifle Association-backed bills died in the Senate last year after committee chairs refused to schedule them for a vote. Evers said he’ll keep trying to pass them until he succeeds.
“A person should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right for their self protection of themselves as well as those around them,” he said. “It’s not even safe to go to a movie theater anymore. I think that’s more of a call for folks having self protection.”