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Another Gun-Related Bill Gets Filed In Florida Legislature


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

Rep. Neil Combee’s (R-Polk City) bill makes it illegal to discharge a firearm for recreational purposes in residential neighborhoods.

“Basically, it just prevents gun ranges or recreational target shooting in residential property that has a density of one unit per acre or greater. So, if you had a subdivision—a quarter acre, third acre, half acre, one acre subdivision—you would not be allowed to have a target range at your home,” said Combee.

Violators will face a first degree misdemeanor charge. Exceptions include people defending themselves, people performing official duties, or if it’s deemed that discharging the weapon did not pose a risk to life, safety, or property.

Combee says it’s a bipartisan issue because he expects Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) to sign on as his main co-sponsor. Rouson tried and failed to bring the issue up during this past legislative session.

Meanwhile, other gun bills already filed for the 2016 legislative session include a refiled measure allowing school officials to carry guns on public school campuses as well as another that allows people to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.