A year after Parkland massacre, some Florida lawmakers want to allow guns in cars parked in school lots

Florida state legislators have started working to loosen regulations on firearms, sparking concerns from gun control advocates that Florida is heading in the wrong direction on school safety.

A state House committee voted Tuesday to allow employees, parents and visitors to have guns stowed in their cars while on school property. Another bill cleared the panel that would allow religious institutions to permit guns to be carried in private schools.

The measures are the first of several controversial proposals this legislative session that would expand gun rights for Floridians. About a year ago, the Parkland school shooting prompted calls for tighter restrictions on firearms.

State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, said parents shouldn’t face criminal charges if they pick up their child from school during an emergency with a gun in their “glove compartment for their personal safety.”

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