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Campus Carry Bill Passes Second Test In The Senate

Florida law currently prohibits concealed weapons on college campuses.
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An effort to allow concealed weapons on college campuses passed its second Senate committee Tuesday.

The hearing brought out many familiar arguments—concealed carry advocates say campus isn’t safe, opponents say guns won’t make it any safer.  But Democratic Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner—who happens to have a concealed weapons license herself—dusted off an argument that hasn’t come up lately.

“We shot one target and that was it,” Joyner said of her training, “and I could barely hold a gun.”

“We need to do more about safety,” she went on.  “It is an easy process to get a concealed weapons permit and leave not knowing any more than that you were able to hold it up and pull it and hopefully hit a target.  I learned the law, but I didn’t learn how to use a gun.”

The committee approved the measure along party lines.