Florida National Guard

The Florida National Guard is asking the state legislature for $2 million to help make sure facilities are secure.

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has already processed thousands of concealed weapon license applications for active military members and veterans.

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Building on a recent Executive Order from Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Agriculture is taking steps to protect members of the military and veterans. The state’s concealed weapons permit applications process for people in those categories will now be sped up.

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A bill allowing people to carry a concealed gun without a permit during a declared state of emergency narrowly passed a Senate panel Tuesday. It’s a controversial issue that’s been stalled in the same committee for a couple weeks.

It was the third time’s the charm when St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes presented his bill before the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee.

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A bill aiming to make Florida the most veterans-friendly state in the nation got signed into law Monday. Surrounded by several military personnel and elected officials, the Governor signed the measure at a National Guard Armory in Panama City.

There are about 1.5 million veterans in Florida, and Governor Rick Scott says in signing the so-called “G.I. bill,” his hope is it makes Florida a better place to live for even more veterans.

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A controversial gun measure that’s currently stalled in the Senate is now heading to the House floor. The bill aims to allow someone to legally carry a firearm during a mandatory evacuation without a permit.

Senate Bill Stalled

St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes is the Senate sponsor of this particular measure.

Florida’s National Guard sequestration furloughs began this week.  The unpaid leave will be tough for National Guard families, but it could have a negative impact on the state as a whole. 

Federal budget cuts will keep about a thousand of the Guard’s uniformed full-time servicemembers at home for the next 11 Mondays.  Florida National Guard spokesman Ron Tittle said the average workday has been shortened, too.

“Our furloughed members would be off on a Monday – through September – and they have a shortened workday each week as well, so that’s a 20% cut in pay,” Tittle said.