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Florida gun control latest

FLORIDA  --  Gun control advocates in Florida are frustrated.
They want the state to revisit the controversial Stand your Ground Law are unhappy they have been unable to get a hearing.
   
Meanwhile bills supported by the NRA are passing committees.
Cynthia Stafford filed a bill to make it harder to  Stand your Ground. It hasn't seen the light of day.

Rep. Cynthia Stafford D-Miami
"At least give us an opportunity to be heard."

Yet bills supported by the NRA's Marion Hammer are getting a hearing. One revises background checks to include mental illnesses. Another would give principals the power to allow guns on campus. Sponsor Greg Stube, says kids are sitting ducks because bad guys know the campus is gun free.

Rep. Greg Stube R-Sarasota   
"They know when they walk onto an elementary school campus that nobody there has the ability or has a firearm to defend the school or the children at the school. And I think we're setting ourselves up for a very bad situation."

The legislation requires 40 hours of training. That's the same amount of training given to an armed security guard."
High School Teacher Carl Zimmerman was elected in November. He was opposed to arming teachers and others until he heard the safeguards.

Rep. Carl Zimmerman   D-Palm Harbor
"I'd like to see additional training take place for these designated people with the police."
Despite Zimmerman's conversion, former School Superintendent Bill Montford remains opposed to the idea.

Sen. Bill Montford   D-Tallahassee
"Just because you're a teacher. Just because you're a principle, doesn't mean you're qualified and capable of carrying a gun and trying to defend students and others on the campus."

Lawmakers have a penchant to leaving controversy to the end, so any serious gun debate could still be weeks away.
A US government study being used to justify arming teachers says that in 37 incidents perpetrators shot themselves when confronted by authority figures.