A bill introduced in the Florida House of Representatives would allow weapons to be carried on campus in that state.


According to the Stars and Stripes, House Bill 4005 in Florida would allow concealed weapons on college campuses in Florida. The legislation is in response to campus shootings such as the one at Florida State University, in which three students were injured. If passed, permit holders would have to be at least 21 (unless they are in the military) and cannot have felonies or drug-related convictions.


Currently, students and employees with concealed carry permits can only bring a stun gun or nonlethal electric weapon on campus, although state law allows people to keep guns stored in their vehicles when they are on campus. People who are not students or employees cannot carry any type of gun on campus.


Currently, Florida is one of 20 states that do not allow guns on campus. There are seven states that allow them – Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. And 23 states allow colleges and universities to make their own decisions.


If you work for or attend a college or university, do you know its weapons policy? If weapons are allowed on campus, what kind of requirements (if any) must be met? Is one of the requirements a background check? Just something to think about.