AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine lawmaker has asked fellow lawmakers to spike his bill that would have allowed guns in cars on school grounds.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Democratic Rep. John Martin of Eagle Lake made his request in a letter in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida that sparked a debate on school safety.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted 10-1 against the bill on Wednesday.

At a public hearing, many superintendents and educators spoke against the bill, as did the Maine Principals’ Association, the Maine School Boards Association and the Maine School Superintendents Association.

The bill would’ve allowed people picking up or dropping off students to have an unloaded gun in the car if the weapon was locked and the owner didn’t leave the vehicle.

Information from: Portland Press Herald,