Bill would permit designated gun holder at schools - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bill would permit designated gun holder at schools

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Florida State House committee supports a plan to allow school principals to designate someone in their school to carry a gun, to defend against a possible mass shooting.
                
"I don't think I'd be comfortable with guns in the school it just seems like there would be too many opportunities for accidents," said Jennifer Gouaux, a parent.

The bill would allow school principals to designate specific staff members to carry concealed weapons, as long as they completed two types of training.

 "I think given the current trend, I think it's a very good idea with the exception of let's make sure these folks are properly trained, and their put through some typo e course similar to what the sheriff's office would offer," said James Copenhaver,  a former sheriff's deputy.

Principals could designate one or several staff member to carry, or they could decide to opt out all together, the bill would require that the gun remain on the designated carriers throughout the school day --  something  Copenhaver says follows Florida concealed carry laws.

"It would be a common sense training issue to keep that gun safe and intact on your person should God forbid you would ever have to use it," Copenhaver said.

Advocates of the bill also say it's more economically feasible than school resource officers, but retired teacher and parent Alfred Dunn says the bill could backfire.

"Concealed, just like accidents happen, something could easily happen, a kid could either  bump into him, no that's ridiculous," Dunn said.

While guns would be concealed other parents worry it could simply set a bad example for students.

 "If kids see that if an adult can carry such as a teacher, for some reason, they might with their own reasoning say ok for them to carry," said Azad Dawood, another parent.

The bill would apply to both private and public schools, it still needs approval by additional committees before advancing to the house floor.

 

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