Proposal filed to allow guns to be carried at Florida colleges, universities

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A long-debated proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on Florida college and university campuses was filed Monday for consideration during the 2021 legislative session.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, refiled the “campus carry” proposal (HB 6001), which did not receive a hearing during the 2019 and 2020 sessions.

Similar measures were filed unsuccessfully by other gun-rights supporters in prior sessions.

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The proposals have drawn opposition from higher-education leaders. As of Oct. 31, Florida had issued more than 2.19 million concealed-weapons licenses. The 2020 legislative session starts in March.

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