Controversial Florida Republican Pushes Guns on Campus

A freshman legislator who made a name for himself in Lake County by embracing Confederate memorials has fired the opening salvo in the 2019 campus carry debate.

In the first batch of bills he filed for the March session, State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Clermont, has signaled his intention to allow college and university students to carry guns into the classroom.

“Florida’s law-abiding concealed weapon permit holders should be treated the same way on a campus of higher education as any other place,” said Sabatini. “Following our state’s smart and pro-active idea last year allowing highly trained employees to serve as guardians at schools, supported by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, it’s a natural corollary to begin allowing good people to arm themselves on college campuses to prevent the next mass shooter.”

LEAP Forward is grading Sabatini’s bill - HB 6007 - and scoring opposition.