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Under Florida law, city and county officials face penalties for violating the state’s prohibition on local gun ordinances. 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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The president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association says he’s offended by comments made by the National Rifle Association’s Marion Hammer over a gun bill that died this legislative Session. It’s a measure that would have allowed people to legally carry a firearm without a concealed weapons permit during a mandatory evacuation.

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A couple of NRA-backed priorities died in the Florida Senate Thursday. The issues centered around one bill that that would allow people to legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a mandatory evacuation and another issue relating to tweaking Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Emergency Concealed Carry Bill

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A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

It’s been more than a year since the Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 26 people dead—mostly kids. And, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) says according to a national report, close to 50-percent of the incidents—similar to Sandy Hook—are known to last less than 15 minutes.

Capital Report: 04-28-2014

Apr 28, 2014

A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

Plans to divide the jointly-run Florida A&M -Florida State University College of Engineering are on hold, for now. Lynn Hatter reports legislative budget officials dropped the idea during Sunday negotiations, opting instead to do a study on whether the split is even feasible.

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A bill allowing tax collectors to help Florida meet a rising demand for concealed weapon permit applications passed the full Senate Friday and is now heading to the Governor.

“This bill allows county tax collectors the ability to apply to the Agriculture Commissioner and request that the Commissioner appoint them, so they can accept applications for concealed weapons license,” said Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby), the bill's sponsor.

And, Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith says this is a gun-related measure that he can get behind.

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The Florida Senate passed a slew of measures Thursday, including a bill that could raise the speed limit on certain Florida highways.

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But, Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) says she’s against the measure because it encourages Floridians and tourists to speed.

“When you increase the speed limit, you ultimately also have to increase the minimum speed limit. And, so we’re encouraging all drivers to drive faster whether they want to or not,” said Gibson.

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A group of Florida lawmakers passed a slew of measures Tuesday, including a controversial abortion bill. They also moved a series of gun-related measures to the Senate floor, including the so-called ‘Pop Tart’ bill.

Late-Term Abortion Bill

The measure essentially banning late-term abortion is already heading for a floor vote in the House, and now has one more committee stop in the Senate, after it passed the Senate Judiciary Tuesday.

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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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Several gun-related measures will be taken up this week either by a group of lawmakers or the full body. They include controversial measures, like the so-called “Warning Shot” bill and another that allows for someone to carry a gun without a permit during a declared state of emergency. And, there’s another less heated issue dubbed the “Pop Tart” bill.”

Speaking to a Senate Education Committee, bill sponsor, Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) started off with a joke.

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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.

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The Senate passed a series of bills Tuesday from a bill making sure gun owners don’t face discrimination to one of Governor Rick Scott’s top legislative priorities.

Scott says he’s happy the Florida Senate passed the auto fee rollback that seeks to reduce the amount Floridians pay in vehicle registration fees. Now, he says it’s the House’s turn.

Capital Report: 03-12-2014

Mar 12, 2014

A divided Florida House committee has given its approval to a measure which could put more guns in the schools.  It’s similar to proposals that have been considered – and in most cases rejected – in other states.  But as Stan Jastrzebski reports, the military veteran who proposed it hopes a chance he’s made to the formula will help it pass.

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A series of gun-related measures are now heading for floor votes, including a House bill aimed at revising Florida schools’ zero tolerance policies. Both chambers are also expected to take up a measure that seeks to protect gun owners from insurance discrimination.

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Capital Report: 03-06-2014

Mar 6, 2014

More than 200 Floridians serving life in prison for crimes they committed as minors could get new sentencing hearings, depending on how the state Supreme Court rules on a case it heard today [Thursday]. As Jessica Palombo reports, the court must decide whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively to previously sentenced juveniles.

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A measure inspired by the story of a young Maryland boy who got suspended for chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun cleared its first Senate committee Monday. But, some say the bill aimed at loosening Florida schools’ zero-tolerance policies regarding kids and guns goes a little too far.

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Over the next few weeks, Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a series of gun-related measures, from fixes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to enhancing penalties for insurers who discriminate against gun-owners. But, while some bills appear to be moving quickly through the Legislature, others appear to be stalled in the legislative process.

"Right To Be A Kid" Bill

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A bill attempting to revise Florida schools’ zero-tolerance policies concerning kids and guns is expected to have its first Senate hearing Monday. Calling it the “Right To Be A Kid Bill,” the National Rifle Association’s Marion Hammer insists it will be one of the most important bills passed out of the Legislature.

“It basically says if a kids points a finger and goes ‘bang, bang,’ use some common sense, people! Don’t suspend that kid from school. It stops that kind of insane behavior by school administrators I guess who were never kids,” said Hammer.

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A bill aimed at allowing someone to show a gun or fire a warning shot in self-defense without fear of prosecution is now heading to the House floor. It’s a bill inspired by a Jacksonville woman who fired a warning shot in an alleged domestic violence dispute and received a lengthy prison term.

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Bills aimed at enhancing the penalties if an insurer discriminates against a gun owner are moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature. But, some are raising concerns about the reasoning behind the measure, saying there’s not enough evidence to support it.

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 The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee passed two bills Tuesday that would allow applications for concealed weapons to be accepted by county tax collectors. Rep. James Grant (R-Tampa) sponsors one of the bills.

“All were doing is increasing the access to locations to have these applications processed,” Grant said.

Even though Grant’s bill was passed, Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) wondered why money wasn't also being spent on gun education.

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In less than three weeks, a longstanding ban on firearms that can’t be seen by metal detectors may lapse. A Florida senator is trying to see that doesn’t happen, but lawmakers aren’t the only ones worried. Artisans who use a new type of digital printer are worried what large-scale printing of firearms might mean for their craft.

Undetectable Firearms Ban

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Florida Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to extend a federal ban on undetectable firearms that’s expected to expire in a few weeks. His aim is to help federal officials get tough on new type of gun they see as a growing problem in the U.S.

Capital Report: 03-06-2013

Mar 6, 2013

A day after the Florida Senate passed its ethics reform plan, members of House are hammering out their version. But Regan McCarthy reports some say the new plans are really a mixed bag of good and bad.

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Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, the topic of how to prevent such a tragedy from happening at other schools around the country has been the source of national, state, and community discussions.

Possible solutions include gun control legislation, while others want to expand the state’s rules to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. But, the current head of Florida’s education system says she’s not sure that’s a good idea.

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