Campus Carry Bill denied hearing
On Thursday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla announced that Senate Bill SB 68, known as the Campus Carry Bill, will not be granted a hearing during the 2016 session.
This bill would allow individuals with concealed-carry permits to carry guns on college campuses.
"Cheers to this not becoming a reality for at least another year," SGA President Cait Zona said in a Facebook post.
The bill passed the Florida Senate's Criminal Justice committee 3-2 on Sept. 16, 2015, and passed Florida Senate's Higher Education Committee 5-3 on Oct. 20, 2015.
If the bill had passed through the Florida Senate, it would've gone into effect on July 1, 2016.
"If you can get a concealed-weapons permit in the state of Florida by going and sitting through a one-hour class at a gun show and never have to demonstrate that you can safely use your gun, I'm telling you, you are a bigger threat to our students than you are a help," said UCFPD Chief Richard Beary in a previous Future interview.
The Florida House's version of the bill, HB 4001, was scheduled for its first hearing on Jan. 12 and was added to the second reading calendar that same day.
UCF's current policy allows individuals with concealed-carry permits to have guns in locked vehicles on campus.
Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.