Florida House passes bill to allow guns on college campuses

Republicans says measure would help keep schools safer

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Guns would be allowed on college campuses under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The House voted 80-37 to pass the bill after an hour-and-a-half of contentious debate Wednesday. Republicans said the bill would keep campuses safer while Democrats argued just the opposite.

It was one of four gun bills the House was considering Wednesday.

Two bills were sent to Gov. Rick Scott on unanimous votes. The first would ban recreational use of guns in densely settled neighborhoods.

The other would change Florida's 10-20-life law that sets mandatory minimum sentences for crimes involving guns. It would give judges flexibility when sentencing people convicted of aggravated assault.

The House also was scheduled to vote on a bill to allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons,

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