TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed legislation Tuesday to invalidate local prohibitions against storing guns in cars parked on public school campuses.

  • HB 6005 still bars drivers under 18 from keeping guns in their cars
  • Pro-Second Amendment Republicans argue bill could help parents respond to school shootings
  • Bill would have to pass 2 more committees to reach House floor

The bill, HB 6005, would still bar drivers less than 18 years old from keeping guns in their cars.

Pro-Second Amendment Republicans argue easier access to guns by law-abiding citizens could aid in responding to school shootings. And, they say, parents who regularly store guns in their glove compartments for their own protection would no longer face a double standard. 

"Do I go directly there to my child, or do I have to drive somewhere to then safely store my firearm in another location before I can go to assist my child?" Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Ft. Myers) asked before Tuesday's vote.

But gun control advocates are warning of unintended consequences.

"Think about a high schooler who's been the victim of dating violence and whose older boyfriend shows up to pick her up, has weapons in the trunk. Is that OK?" asked Jamie Ito, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action.

The legislation would have to pass two additional committees to reach the House floor.