Gun Control

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A Florida lawmaker is hoping the state legislature will take up a refiled gun control bill during this week’s special session.

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A Saturday afternoon (6/3) march and rally in Tallahassee targeted gun violence across the nation and closer to home. Several groups, including the League of Women Voters, organized the protest.

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Florida lawmakers are considering an update to the Stand Your Ground law. The state wants to make clear that residents won’t have to wait to be attacked in their homes before using deadly force. That has gun control advocates worried.

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Republican leaders hope a strong conservative ideology will be a driving force in the upcoming legislative session. But Democrats say they’re trying to temper the philosophy with reality.

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Following last year’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub and this year’s at the Fort Lauderdale airport, some Republican lawmakers are showing even more support for open carry-related bills. But, a gun coalition as well as some Democratic lawmakers are countering those pro-gun bills with measures of their own.

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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows Florida’s gun homicide rates have increased dramatically under Stand Your Ground. In light of the new findings, WFSU checks in with critics and supporters of the controversial legislation.

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Florida’s gun deaths have gone up 31 percent since Stand Your Ground has been on the books. An international research team published the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gun control activists are pushing voters to keep the issue top of mind when they enter the voting booth this November.  The Vocal Majority bus is on a nationwide tour.

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Lawmakers across the country are demanding action in response to the Orlando shooting earlier this month. WFSU looks into some of the gun control measures being considered in the wake of the tragedy.

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Following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, some Florida Democrats want to make it harder for suspected terrorists to buy guns. But critics are calling the measure politically motivated and ineffective.

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The House Democrats’ sit-in is over. The group was protesting a lack of votes on gun control bills in Congress. The sit-in—which lasted more than a day—included North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

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The guns used to kill at least 49 people in an Orlando gay club were purchased legally. In the wake of the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, WFSU looks into Florida’s gun laws.

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A North Florida Democratic lawmaker wants to limit gun access for people under restraining orders.

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Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But they've also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

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18 to 29-year-old black men made up the majority of assailants and victims of gun related crimes in Tallahassee from 2011 to 2013. That’s according to a study from the newly-formed Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo says the study is the first step to addressing gun violence in the city. 

DeLeo says the Committee is also using the study to identify which neighborhoods would most benefit from gun violence reduction efforts. 

411 Teen: Gun Control

Jul 3, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week, students from SAIL High School weigh in on the issues of gun violence and gun control.

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The Florida House is hoping to send a message to those in Washington D.C. that they don’t want the government infringing on citizens’ gun rights. They did so through a Memorial passed Wednesday. And, the passage of the Memorial also comes just as a gun control proposal stalled in Congress.

“So, all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said President Barack Obama at a press conference Wednesday.

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The national gun-control debate is echoing in the committee rooms of the Florida Legislature this week. Since Wednesday, three bills relating to firearms have passed House committees, two of them after intense debates.

On the same day President Obama is pushing tighter gun control at the White House, the Florida House Judiciary Committee has passed a memorial, or an official legislative memo, with its own message for the president.

Warning Shots Fired In Florida Debate Over Gun Control, "Stand Your Ground"

Feb 28, 2013

The state’s controversial "stand your ground" law would cover warning shots to fend off attackers and teachers would be able to pack heat on campus under bills now before legislators.

Freshman Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, filed a bill on the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford that would free any individual from prosecution for firing a warning shot or even simply flourishing a firearm to scare away any would-be attacker.

The immunity measure would cover acts of self-defense as well as stepping in to protect others.

After President Obama unveiled a sweeping proposal to curb gun violence, it received a swift rebuke from groups like the National Rifle Association and the Republican National Committee. Some Florida lawmakers offered their reactions to the news.

Among 23 executive actions, the president’s proposal calls for Congress to pass universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. Republican Representative Dennis Baxley of Ocala sees the action as an assault on 2nd Amendment rights.

What’s the best way to protect Floridians from tragedies like the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut? That depends who you ask. Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), said he likes the idea of expanding the number of places where guns can be carried.

“Making gun free zones, while a well intentioned, desire to keep everyone safe. We have unintentionally, inadvertently made them a target,” Baxley said.

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Following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, CT, Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on school leaders in the state to review and enhance their school districts emergency plans. With his suit jacket off, sitting in his office at the capitol, a more relaxed Scott was reflective.