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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.

MGN Online

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.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

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

ATF

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.

Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected a request from the Mayor of Tampa to let the city restrict guns during the Republican National Convention in August. A law passed by the legislature last year, prohibits cities from making their own rules about where guns are and aren’t allowed—now all local ordinances have to conform to the state’s laws. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, thought the governor might grant his city leniency during the Republican Nation Convention. But Scott has denied the request.

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