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Gun Law News: May 5, 2019



A measure to allow guns in Florida religious institutions passed the House 79-35 on April 25. The bill, sponsored by Erin Grall of Vero Beach, will move on to the Senate, where similar legislation is pending. According to Grall, the bill will permit a church, synagogue or other religious institution to authorize carrying a concealed firearm by a licensed person. This would incorporate property the institution owns, leases or otherwise uses, including schools.


Following the shootings at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a mosque in New Zealand and churches in Texas and South Carolina, debate has risen about how to protect our churches. If a church has a school or day care on its property, should anyone be allowed to bring a gun in to defend themselves? Legislation has made it through the House and is now on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk that, if signed into law, could leave churches with a big decision.


Legislation allowing teachers, students and staff to carry concealed firearms on college campuses was given final approval by the Missouri House on April 22. House Bill 575, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman (R, La Monte), will move on to the Senate. The bill began as a way to allow universities to designate faculty and staff as campus-protection officers. These officers, following certification, would be allowed to carry concealed on campuses. The bill has since been amended with three provisions: to allow concealed carry on public university campuses, to include a prohibition against requiring students to live on campus and to create a “STEM Studies Enhancement Program” scholarship.


The school districts of Washington County are considering responses to school shootings, as 2018 had a record number of shooting incidents on school property. A proposed resolution will be presented to the board at its monthly meeting in May, according to Warren Local Schools Superintendent Kyle Newton. This would start the process of allowing teachers to carry concealed guns at school. The board will have to pass a resolution to begin the process, but district policy does not need to change to allow it.

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