Senate Higher Ed Panel Backs Guns On Campus

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With lawmakers split along party lines, a Senate education committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill (SB 176), which has drawn opposition from many university leaders but has the backing of the politically powerful National Rifle Association.

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, pointed to a lack of evidence that crimes, suicides or tragedies increase on campuses in states where concealed weapons are allowed.

“In the absence of evidence, one is left then with the Constitution of the United States, and I’m in favor of all 10 of those amendments,” Gaetz said, alluding to the Second Amendment.

But Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, said she doesn’t think the bill is responsible, saying young adults are…

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