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A bill seeking to make it easier for firearm dealers to pay for the criminal background checks has unanimously passed its first Senate committee.

Megan Hobson was 16 years old when she was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens.

A new gun club in South Florida is geared towards training black gun owners and teaching people to support the Second Amendment within the black community.

A bill allowing people to bring their guns to, but not into a courthouse is scheduled to be taken up on the Senate floor Thursday. Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) is the bill’s sponsor.

“This bill would allow a license permit holder to carry their firearm to the entrance of a courthouse, surrender that firearm to law enforcement at the courthouse, go into the courthouse without their firearm, and on the way exiting the courthouse, get their firearm back,” he said.

Battle lines are being drawn in Florida over a perennially thorny issue: Guns.  State lawmakers have filed over a dozen bills seeking changes to existing gun laws. 

Justices Uphold Ban On Openly Carrying Guns

Mar 3, 2017

Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.

Baxley Challenges Gun-Free Zones in Proposal

Feb 15, 2017

Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, has filed a bill which would allow more guns in public places. The measure is part of a broader push by Republican legislators to expand gun rights.

Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence

Feb 14, 2017
MARSHA HALPER

You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live?


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Authorities say a Tampa Bay area teen is facing a felony charge after bringing a pellet gun to school.

40 Handguns Stolen During Burglary in Lakeland

Jan 11, 2017
MGN Online

Authorities say at least 40 handguns were stolen during a burglary at a Central Florida gun store.

MGN Online

Deputies say a 13-year-old Florida boy is accused of bringing a loaded gun to his middle school.

Justices Will Not Hear Challenge To UF Gun Policy

Apr 13, 2016

In a victory for the University of Florida, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in university housing.

State, Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Docs V. Glocks' Law

Mar 30, 2016

Readying for oral arguments in June, attorneys for the state and Second Amendment groups are urging a full federal appeals court to uphold a 2011 Florida law that would restrict doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

Battle Rages Over Florida Law Limiting Doctors' Gun Speech

Feb 29, 2016

As a pediatrician, Dr. Judith Schaechter can ask parents of her patients all sorts of questions regarding their safety and well-being: what the child eats, whether there's a backyard pool and whether the child gets enough sleep.

Governor Rick Scott signed a number of bills into law Wednesday. Among them are a pair of gun-related bills that have the backing of law enforcement and gun rights groups.

Florida Matters: Gun Debate

Feb 23, 2016
Associated Press

The members of the Manatee Tiger Bay Club recently debated the issues of guns.  This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 a.m.), we feature highlights of the conversation, which was moderated by  Manatee Tiger Bay Club President Ben Bakker.

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Gun confiscations at Tampa International Airport security checkpoints have been rising, and if the numbers stay high, the airport could become among the top three in the nation for firearms seizures.

Media outlets report that last year, Transportation Security Administration officers discovered 49 guns on passengers or in their carry-on luggage at the Tampa airport.

The Florida Senate passed a series of gun bills Thursday.

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The Legislature will begin its annual session early this year with the hopes of avoiding the chaos and dysfunction that marked the 2015 session and three special sessions that followed.

You may have seen the billboards by now: They have a photo of a guy in handcuffs with the caption "Don't Lie for the Other Guy." It's part of a media blitz of the Tampa Bay area as a consortium of law enforcement agencies attempt to battle illegal gun purchases.

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