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arial photo looking down street toward FSU
Erich Martin

As mass shootings continue to rock the country, Florida lawmakers say more needs to be done to ensure students are safe. For some that means allowing more guns on college campuses. But for many students at Florida State University that proposal leads to more feelings of fear than safety.

Commissioner Adam Putnam, flanked by state officials and Florida guard members, speaking at an armory in Tallahassee.
Nick Evans

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting a two year old program fast tracking concealed weapons permits for veterans and National Guard members.  And the Republican is mulling whether he’d expand where those licenses are valid if he wins the governor’s race.

Nick Evans

Shootings in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando haven’t dampened one lawmaker’s support for less restrictive gun policy.

Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood)
Mark Foley via FL House website

For the third year running Florida’s lawmakers will consider whether concealed weapons should be allowed on college campuses.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaking flanked by Sen. Maria Sachs (D-West Palm Beach) and Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale)
Nick Evans

Republicans in the Florida Legislature are leading the charge to expand gun rights in public places.  Democrats are doing their best to slow the progress.

Chris Kilkes via Flickr

There are few issues that find more support among the Republican Party than guns, and Florida’s GOP dominated statehouse is no exception.  When lawmakers return to Tallahassee for the 2016 regular session, they’ll be coming back loaded for bear.

Association of Florida Colleges

Florida’s public college presidents are putting the final touches on their legislative wish list. And  they’re betting on a controversial campus carry gun bill to go down in flames.