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Combee: Nashvile Shows Value Of Armed Congregation

A Florida lawmaker says this weekend’s deadly church shooting in Nashville should bolster support for his proposal to loosen gun restrictions in religious institutions.

Republican Representative Neil Combee of Auburndale says the tragedy proves the value of allowing concealed carry permit holders to pack heat during worship services.  

“Kind  of makes everybody understand why it’s important to a lot of folks in churches, that they have the right to protect their members.”

A 22-year-old usher at the Nashville church is being hailed as a hero for confronting the shooter and using his handgun to detain him.

Combee’s bill passed the House, but the Senate wanted to ban guns during school hours.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.