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A bill making it illegal to discharge a firearm for recreational purposes in residential neighborhoods cleared its first committees in the House and Senate Wednesday. But, it comes with some concerns.

Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) is working on allowing open carry in Florida.
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Guns on campus is grabbing Florida’s attention, but it’s not the only bill aimed at expanding gun rights.  One lawmaker wants to allow open carry in the state as well.

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Several gun-related bills have already been filed for the 2016 legislative session. But, it includes a non-controversial bill agreed to by both the Florida Police Chiefs and the National Rifle Association.

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Another gun-related measure has been filed in the Florida Legislature.

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The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled on a case relating to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The matter—which pit State prosecutors against public defenders and defense lawyers—was also a matter of contention during last year’s legislative session.

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There’s now another option for local residents to apply for a concealed weapons permit. A branch of the Walton County Tax Collector’s office is the latest to participate in a new partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to speed up the process.

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It’s now legal for people to carry a gun without a concealed permit during a declared state of emergency. That’s among more than 40 bills Governor Scott signed into law Thursday.

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A bill allowing people to carry a gun without a concealed carry permit during a declared emergency evacuation is now heading to Governor Rick Scott.

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A bill allowing people to carry a firearm without a concealed carry permit during the evacuation of a declared state of emergency is now teed up for a vote in the Senate, despite opposition from several Democrats.

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A bill allowing people to carry a gun without a license during a mandatory evacuation as part of a declared state of emergency cleared hurdles in both the House and Senate Wednesday.

A bill allowing people to carry guns on college campuses, gun safety, and mental illness are just some of the topics that sparked heated discussion during a Tallahassee forum.

Capital Report: 02-20-2015

Feb 23, 2015

Despite broad opposition on Florida’s campuses, state lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to allow guns on university campuses.  Three months ago today, there was a shooting at Florida State University.  And, as Nick Evans reports, this week the controversial measure began its path through the state senate.

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A controversial gun bill is turning out to be not so controversial anymore, after it got the approval of its main opponent—the Florida Sheriffs Association—Monday.

Last year, the NRA-backed measure allowing people to carry guns without a license during a state mandatory evacuation failed, after the Florida Sheriffs criticized the bill for being too loose. This year, bill sponsor  Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is working to address that with a new change.

Capital Report: 01-30-2015

Feb 2, 2015

Well, forget all those campaign promises to shrink government and grow the job market.  Governor Rick Scott this week had to put his money where his mouth is in the course of rolling out his 77-billion dollar spening proposal this week.  As Jim Ash reports, Scott’s idea of jolting the economy includes 673-million dollars in tax cuts and his notion of a smaller government is eliminating 1,017 state positions.

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Trouble could be brewing again between a group of Sheriffs and a huge gun rights organization over a controversial gun bill that failed last year.

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The two criminal justice panels of the Florida Legislature are slated to meet Tuesday to take up a number of issues from the state’s troubled prison agency to a gun bill allowing guns on campus.

Newly appointed Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julies Jones is expected to brief the Senate Criminal Justice Committee members about areas where the department is lacking and trying to improve.

Capital Report: 12-12-2014

Dec 15, 2014

Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But Regan McCarthy reports its 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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Florida State University President John Thrasher says his position has not changed since the recent filing of a bill allowing people to open carry on public college and university campuses. It’s the same bill Thrasher helped defeat in 2011 when he was a state senator.

In 2011, the testimony of Dr. Robert Cowie, a friend of Thrasher, also helped derail the bill. Just weeks before, Cowie’s daughter, FSU Student Ashley, had been accidentally shot by a rifle and killed at a frat house.

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Should the Florida Supreme Court or the state Legislature have the power to shift the burden of proof to a defendant or the state prosecutor in a Stand Your Ground case? That question was recently before the high court as well as the Legislature earlier this year. So, could that come back into play again next legislative session?

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Ahead of any general election, it can be easy for voters to get confused. And, at least one area of Florida is reporting confusion over the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms, to a medical marijuana initiative known as Amendment 2 set to appear on the November ballot.

Unlike the last general election, where voters were faced with 11 state constitutional amendments, this year they’ll only be faced with three—not counting local ballot initiatives.

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Florida residents may now have an easier time applying for a concealed weapons permit by going to certain tax collectors’ offices. Indian River County became the first to offer the services Monday, and four more are slated to soon come online.

As part of a new law this year, local tax collectors’ offices chosen by the Florida Department of Agriculture will now have the chance to help process concealed weapon permit applications.

Tallahassee residents are invited to take part in the city’s third Gun Buyback program to help reduce the increasing gun violence in Florida’s Capital city.

Since 2010, the North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives has worked with area law enforcement agencies to host the Gun Buyback program every two years. And, NOBLE’s president Tonja Bryant-Smith says in years past, it’s been pretty successful.

Perspectives: Gun Violence

Jul 10, 2014

The Tallahassee area now has the same per-capita rate of gun violence as Miami.  What’s causing the increase and what can be done to reverse that trend?  The panelists are: Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo; Pastor Rudy Ferguson from the New Birth Tabernacle of Praise; Teresa Flury, former president/CEO of Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend; and Ed Clark with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University.

Capital Report: 06-20-2014

Jun 23, 2014

Under Florida law, city and county officials face penalties for violating the state’s prohibition on local gun ordinances. As Jessica Palombo reports, after that provision was enacted three years ago, gun rights advocates have filed several lawsuits against local governments and individual commissioners—including in Florida’s capital city.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed close to 70 bills into law this week—most of them Friday. They include a slew of gun-related measures, a controversial voucher expansion bill, and a bill dealing with medical marijuana.

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Among the high profile bills the Governor has already signed includes a bill that would legalize a low strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” to help treat seizures.

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