Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey Speaks About Church and Private School Security To Senate Judiciary Committee

By  //  March 27, 2019

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From Desk of Sheriff Wayne Ivey

This bill if approved by the Florida Legislature enables a church, synagogue, or other faith based institution to authorize a person to conceal carry on their property while also allowing a private or religious school to designate a person to carry a firearm on the school’s property as part of their Security Initiative. (BCSO Image)

Editor’s Note: The following article is written by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Late yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak about Church and Private School Security to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in their consideration of Senate Bill 1238 that is sponsored by our own Senator Debbie Mayfield.

This bill if approved by the Florida Legislature enables a church, synagogue, or other faith based institution to authorize a person to conceal carry on their property while also allowing a private or religious school to designate a person to carry a firearm on the school’s property as part of their Security Initiative.

Currently under Florida Law, citizens with concealed carry permits are not allowed to carry on the property of a religious institution during services or events if the property also serves as a school during the week.

The bill gives property owners the authority to allow concealed carry permit holders to be prepared to protect themselves and those around them who may be in harm’s way during an active shooter.

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The bill passed with the overwhelming support of the majority of the Committee Members who recognized the importance of this bill in allowing our citizens to stand as the first line of defense for them, their families and those around them during a violent incident.

I would like to personally thank Senator Mayfield and her staff for seeing the value of this legislative action and for partnering with us to help protect our citizens and also the Committee Members who voted to move the bill forward!

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