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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?

The Case Before The Court

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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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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.

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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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