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No guns on Florida school campuses? Only if lawmakers say so



The Pasco County School Board has a tough policy on guns and other weapons.

Students, employees and visitors can't have them at schools or any other "setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District."

The Florida Department of Education is warning Pasco and other districts with similar rules that they might have to dump such policies. New law says that only lawmakers -- not any local government -- may regulate firearms.

Chancellor Mike Grego sent a memo to districts to suggest they comply.

"School districts are advised to consult with legal counsel in order to verify that school board policies do not violate the revised s. 790.33, F.S.  Currently, local governments in Florida are repealing local firearms ordinances in order to comply with the changes to s. 790.33, F.S. brought about by House Bill 45.  Failure to comply with the new requirements can result in civil penalties up to $5,000 against local officials or administrators, termination or removal from office, and parties affected by violation of this section may sue for up to $100,000."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 3:10pm]


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