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Two controversial gun bills being considered by the Republican-led Florida Legislature for the 2016 session will get another vetting on Tuesday before two Senate committees.

The guns-on-campus bill -- which would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on a college or university campus -- will be heard by the Senate Higher Education Committee. And a bill to allow conceal-carry permit-holders to carry openly goes before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Both hearings are at 9 a.m.

The guns-on-campus bill received favorable votes from both House and Senate criminal justice committees last month. This is the Senate's first crack at the open-carry legislation, which received a favorable vote two weeks ago in the House.

Expect passionate debate and some changes to each of the bills. Amendments have been filed for both committees to consider tomorrow.

Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, wants to let colleges and universities opt out of the guns-on-campus proposal, should they desire to. And for the open-carry bill, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed an amendment that fortifies the right of private property owners to dictate whether someone can pack heat on their property.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:06pm]


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