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Following last year’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub and this year’s at the Fort Lauderdale airport, some Republican lawmakers are showing even more support for open carry-related bills. But, a gun coalition as well as some Democratic lawmakers are countering those pro-gun bills with measures of their own.

Gun Issues Command Attention In Tallahassee

Jan 11, 2017

In the wake of mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the gun-control debate intensified Tuesday with Democratic lawmakers filing legislation to try to improve gun safety while an appeals court heard arguments about local-government gun ordinances.

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Fifty people, including the gunman, died in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, and Florida gun control advocates hoped lawmakers would be compelled to propose stricter gun laws. They urged a special legislative session.

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A multi-state bus tour pushing for tougher gun legislation came to St. Pete Thursday morning.

The "Vocal Majority" tour is led by former astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife- former Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Pulse Shooting Inspires LGBT PAC For Gun Control

Aug 17, 2016

Leaders of a new LGBT political action committee advocating for gun control are launching the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Wednesday in Orlando. Organizers want to prevent future tragedies like the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Debate Emerges On Carving Up ‘Docs V. Glocks’ Law

Jul 28, 2016

As a federal appeals court ponders the constitutionality of Florida's "docs v. glocks" law, attorneys this week debated in court documents whether it would be possible to jettison parts of the controversial measure --- and keep others.

Following a spate of high-profile shooting deaths nationwide, a gun-rights group Tuesday endorsed a Republican congressional candidate in a conservative Northwest Florida district on the grounds that she would not compromise on any gun-control measure.

Dozens of people gathered at Senator Marco Rubio’s office in downtown Orlando for what was expected to be a 49-hour sit-in.

Special Session Failure Unlikely To End Gun Debate

Jul 6, 2016

After their call for a special legislative session failed, Florida Democrats say they will continue to seek "common-sense" regulations on the sales of weapons to people on federal watch lists.

Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session dealing with gun control as a reaction to last month's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson was in Tallahassee calling on the Florida legislature to pass a bill that would ban assault weapons in Florida. 

‘Docs v. Glocks’ Law Faces Key Court Test

Jun 21, 2016

Five years after Florida lawmakers passed what became known as the "docs v. glocks" law, a full federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a constitutional dispute that pits physicians against gun-rights advocates.

Gun Measures Expected To Re-Emerge In 2017 Legislature Session

Jun 16, 2016

The mass shootings in an Orlando nightclub this week have fueled the already-polarizing issues of gun rights and gun control, with the debate expected to return on multiple fronts during Florida's 2017 legislative session.

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A controversial gun bill is turning out to be not so controversial anymore, after it got the approval of its main opponent—the Florida Sheriffs Association—Monday.

Last year, the NRA-backed measure allowing people to carry guns without a license during a state mandatory evacuation failed, after the Florida Sheriffs criticized the bill for being too loose. This year, bill sponsor  Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is working to address that with a new change.

Gun-Control Activists Visit FL Capitol

Jul 3, 2014
MGN Online

Richard Martinez, whose 20-year-old son was killed in a shooting rampage near the University of California-Santa Barbara in late May, acknowledges that calling for tougher gun-control laws in Florida isn’t easy.

The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report.

The judge presiding over the case of James Holmes, who is accused of a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, has accepted a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.

This sets the table for a potentially lengthy mental examination of Holmes. The AP reports:

"The next step is an evaluation of Holmes by state doctors to determine whether he was insane at the time of the shootings. That could take months.

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The debate over allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is heating up at USF's Tampa campus this week.  We visited the Bull Market, where opponents to the ban set up shop... but they weren't alone.

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There's an unusual sight on USF's Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses this week: a number of students are wearing empty gun holsters over their clothes to protest Florida's ban on concealed weapons on campus.

It's part of a nationwide protest organized by the group Students for Concealed Carry, which is encouraging members to wear empty gun holsters on college campuses this week to start a conversation about schools' bans on concealed weapons.

Although USF doesn't have a chapter, a number of other student groups are joining together in the effort, led by the USF College Republicans.

Fact-Checking the Gun Debate

Feb 2, 2013
Tampa Bay Times

PolitiFact Florida has found some half truths in recent statements about gun control from Florida leaders.

Gun violence is back on the front burner of American political discussion -- in the wake of the killings of 26 students and teachers last month at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Gun control laws are part of that discussion -- with the president coming out in favor of closing background check loopholes and a ban on assault -style weapons and high capacity magazines.

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