Sen. Baxley’s gun bill, which was controversially revived, is postponed

The bill would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to bring guns on campuses.
Rep. Dennis Baxley
Rep. Dennis Baxley
Published Feb. 20, 2018|Updated Feb. 20, 2018

State Sen. Dennis Baxley's gun bill, which would allow some people to carry concealed weapons on school campuses, was postponed on Tuesday as the legislature was swarmed with student survivors of last week's shooting at a Broward County high school.

The bill was controversially revived last week, added to a Senate committee calendar after 17 people were shot and killed by a gunman at Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.

The bill would allow teachers who hold concealed weapons licenses to have firearms in school.

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, made the motion to postpone the bill. Baxley, R-Ocala, was not present when the decision was made.

Baxley afterward did not appear upset that it was delayed.

"All I know is that we're not ready for that discussion, and we want to look at all the alternatives," he said.