A bill making several changes in the concealed weapons law cleared the Republican-controlled chamber Thursday and was sent to the House, where it could be considered in the final weeks of the legislative session.
The measure would also eliminate county concealed weapons licensing boards, with sheriffs taking over their duties.
Under the bill, people who concealed carry in gun-free zones would have to get enhanced training beyond basic requirements and spend additional time at the gun range. "Open carry" in those areas would be prohibited.
Decisions on licenses would have to be made within 45 days after an application is filed.