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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.

Justices Approve NRA Brief In Open-Carry Case

Apr 11, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday said the National Rifle Association can file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case challenging the constitutionality of a state law that bars people from openly carrying guns.

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.

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.

A Second Amendment group is asking the state Supreme Court to take up a legal dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.

Opponents Again Target ‘Docs v. Glocks’ Law In Florida

Jan 6, 2016

Pointing to free-speech issues, physicians and medical groups this week asked a full federal appeals court to take up a challenge to a 2011 Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients’ gun ownership.

An appeals court ruled Friday that state universities are allowed to ban students from having guns in their dorm rooms.

MGN Online

More data has been released from the annual Sunshine State Survey.

This time, it shows that 85 percent of Floridians want people buying a gun or getting a gun license to get mental health screenings first.

According to survey director Susan MacManus, almost all Floridians agree on this issue.

“This is probably the most solid and most consensual opinion that we've seen in virtually the entire Sunshine State Survey,” she said.

The nation's chief doctor said he doesn't regret saying gun violence is a public health issue, calling his difficult confirmation process a consequence of speaking out.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Saturday that the backlash from his gun-control statement was disappointing but not a surprise.

He was confirmed in December in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association, which was a rare defeat for the powerful gun lobby.

Campus Gun Fight Heats Up

Aug 12, 2015

The League of Women Voters of Florida will start building a coalition Thursday to fight newly filed bills that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses

But Rep. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican who is sponsoring the House version of the bill, remains undeterred. The proposal, which would apply to people who have concealed-weapons licenses, failed to pass the Legislature during the 2015 session.

Appeals Court Upholds Doctor-Patient Gun Law

Jul 29, 2015

For the second time in little more than a year, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a controversial Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

The 2-1 decision by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates and a defeat for medical groups that argued, at least in part, that the law infringed on doctors' First Amendment rights.

AP

Florida is one of 20 states that specifically bans firearms on college campuses, but the Florida Legislature is moving toward allowing guns on campuses.

A group that advocates for concealed carry of firearms on campuses recently told lawmakers that alligator attacks are more common than "attacks" by those with a gun permit.

Court Upholds Ban On Openly Carrying Guns

Feb 18, 2015

  In what judges described as a first-of-its-kind case, an appeals court Wednesday upheld a Florida law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms, finding that the restriction does not violate constitutional rights to bear arms.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal stemmed from the 2012 arrest in Fort Pierce of Dale Norman, who was openly carrying a gun in a holster. A jury found Norman guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor charge, leading to the appeal on constitutional grounds.

Gun Questions: Free Speech or Intrusion?

Aug 14, 2014

A federal appeals court recently upheld a Florida law that limits what doctors can tell their patients about gun ownership.

Doctors claim that it’s their First Amendment right to ask any question they want of their patients including questions about guns. The backers of this law say keeping records on whether they have guns in their homes violates their Second Amendment rights.

A Florida vacation got off to an odd start for Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., when she and her daughter realized the car they'd rented had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. More oddness followed: The gun was left there by the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, police say.

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The early reports about what happened Monday afternoon inside a movie theater near Tampa are certainly disturbing:

Katie O'Connor

 

We're taking another listen to some of our most memorable stories of 2013.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials are calling Saturday's killing of Fred William Turner, Jr. on Interstate 4 an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Speaking at a press conference Monday afternoon, HCSO Colonel Donna Lusczynski said Jerome Edwards Hayes of St. Cloud, Florida, allegedly pursued the 47-year-old Orlando man onto I-4. Turner managed to call 911 and told a dispatcher a man in a silver or gray Ford Taurus was following him shortly before the shooting.

Tampa Bay Times/Courtesy Turner family

UPDATE at 12:38 PM Monday, July 1st: According to a release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, an arrest has been made in connection with Saturday's killing of Fred William Turner, Jr., who was shot to death on Interstate 4. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon. No other information is available at this time.

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Original post at 10:43 AM Monday, July 1st

Investigators in Hillsborough County have a mystery on their hands: who shot and killed a man driving on Interstate 4 over the weekend?

Investigators were reportedly looking into family connections in their search for a motive in Friday's shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif., that left six people dead, including the gunman and a woman who died Sunday from injuries sustained in the assault.

(Last updated at 11:45 p.m. ET)

As many as four people died in a series of shootings in Santa Monica Friday, according to city police chief Jacqueline Seabrooks. The gunman was eventually shot to death in an exchange of fire with police in the library of Santa Monica College, she said at a news conference.

Police said earlier that seven people were killed, but later corrected that number to five people total, including the gunman, at a news conference Friday night.

Disney's Animal Kingdom was a little bit wilder Sunday when a park guest park dropped his loaded .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol on a ride and left it there. According to a police report, the guest, who has a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, was not aware guests were not allowed to bring guns inside the parks.

Even though seven counties in Florida have laws on the books that regulate background checks at gun shows, they are mostly ineffective, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Law enforcement officials admit they don’t enforce the rule. One gun show organizer says the rule has no impact, since sellers mostly ignore it, too.