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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.

Florida Channel

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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While the "warning shot" bill got teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures have already passed the full House as of Thursday. But after a dust-up between lawmakers, a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed again.

NRA's Busy Week

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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.

"Pop Tart" Gun Bill

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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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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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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.

Florida Channel

A bill aiming to repeal Stand Your Ground was rejected during an almost five-hour hearing Thursday.

Many spoke in favor and against repealing the law. Among those who testified during the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting included the Dream Defenders and the National Rifle Association.

Florida Lobby

Several Florida agencies recently gave Florida lawmakers an update on the rollout of a new law curbing the sale of guns to certain people with mental illnesses. The NRA-backed law went into effect months ago, and state officials are still looking into how to enforce it.

A new Florida law blocking certain mentally ill individuals from buying a gun is pitting gun rights groups against each other.  While some say the legislation (HB 1355) makes Florida streets safer, others say it violates the Second Amendment.

A new law banning some people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns went into effect Monday. While some say the new law is necessary to protect Floridians, others say it strips gun owners of their rights.

Danielle Thompson with the National Association for Gun Rights says her group is disappointed with Governor Rick Scott for approving the new gun law.

“We believe that Governor Rick Scott has shown some disregard for law abiding gun owners and their second amendment rights by signing this bill,” said Thompson.

The National Rifle Association is pushing back against thousands of e-mails sent to the Governor Rick Scott’s office in recent weeks asking him to veto the only gun bill that passed this Legislative Session.  The bill’s aim is to close a loophole in current Florida law that essentially allows those who voluntarily check into a mental health facility to purchase a firearm.

The Senate Rules Committee  is the last committee for a number of bills before they get heard on the Senate floor. And because of that, it’s a place where sometimes changes are slipped in and a bill lawmakers heard in an earlier committee can be significantly different by the time it’s heard by the full chamber. That’s something Senate leaders say they hope to discourage. And something Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) raised concerns about during Monday’s committee meeting.

A bill requiring animal shelters to keep records of animals as they arrive and are put down is headed for a House floor vote. The bill unanimously passed its final  committee on Tuesday after testimony from the National Rifle Association, of all groups.

It might seem at first the National Rifle Association doesn’t have a dog in this fight. But the group’s Florida chapter spokeswoman, Marion Hammer, said, gun owners have a strong interest in holding animal shelters responsible for their inventory: Mainly, it’s about keeping hunting and farming dogs disease-free.

The December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left more than 20 children dead last year has spurred much discussion in recent months over gun laws and mental health issues. Florida is one of the states looking into both issues. And, a bill is gaining traction in the state Legislature that could block anyone checking voluntarily into a mental health treatment facility from purchasing a gun.

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.

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