Concealed weapons bill faces final vote today



State Rep. Jim Lucas expects a vote today on a Senate bill that would allow people to store firearms in their locked cars and trucks on school property.

Lucas said Senate Bill 229 is still being worked on in a House-Senate conference committee. Discussion is focused on the definition of school property, the Seymour Republican added.

"What we're finding is that language is very confusing with cross-referencing and exemptions when it comes to laws governing firearms and schools," Lucas said. "We want to determine the best language that the average person could understand in defining school property."

Lawmakers are expected to wrap up their 2014 short session today.

Senate Bill 229 has drawn opposition from educators, child advocates and gun opponents. Among their concerns are safety issues that could result with guns stored near schools.

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