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Bills in Florida Legislature tackle gun measures

4:23 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state's controversial stand your ground law would cover warning shots to fend off attackers and teachers would be able to pack heat on campus under bills now before legislators.

Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, filed a bill on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

in Sanford that would free any individual from prosecution for firing a warning shot or even simply flourishing a firearm to scare away any would-be attacker.

The immunity measure would cover acts of self-defense as well as stepping in to protect others.

On Wednesday, Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, offered a bill that asks for school principals to decide which teachers and staff can carry a concealed weapon at work.

Steube said chances of a student getting hold of a weapon are minimized because of the bill's requirement anyone approved for concealed carry on campus must first undergo firearms training.

Steube's measure (HB 1097) comes as some conservatives nationwide and in Florida have called for arming teachers and guards at schools in wake of the December shooting in the Newtown, Conn.

Steube said he's received positive feedback from educators and school board members.

However, school administrators haven't lined up behind the armed teachers plan.

By the News Service of Florida

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