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Democratic lawmakers file bill restricting guns for ‘at-risk’ individuals

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Following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history earlier this week in Las Vegas, two Florida lawmakers announced legislation designed to temporarily prevent access to firearms for individuals at a high risk of harming themselves or others. The bill (HB 231), filed Thursday by Jacksonville Sen. Audrey Gibson and Lantana Rep. Lori Berman – both Democrats –would allow family, household members, and law enforcement to obtain a court order with “demonstrated evidence” the person poses a significant danger to themselves or others, including…

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Joe Henderson: Actually, we should politicize tragedy

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Don’t politicize tragedy. That’s on page 1 in the standard response manual for how gun rights supporters respond to a mass murder like the one Sunday morning in Las Vegas. That’s where U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell turned when reporters asked if he might consider tougher controls on weapons now that 59 more people were dead.

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VIDEO: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense takes the Capitol

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Michelle Gajda, the Florida chapter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, spoke to reporters in the Capitol’s rotunda Tuesday as the group’s members met with lawmakers about gun-related legislation. Monday’s story about the organization is here. A Periscope video of Gajda’s remarks to news media is below: Gun control press conf. https://t.co/8Yf1FVAw3N — Jim Rosica (@JimRosicaFL) February 21, 2017

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Patrick Murphy joins Pulse victim’s mom calling for renewed push for gun controls

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy joined the mother of a Pulse nightclub massacre victim in Orlando Thursday to call for Congress to reconsider two failed gun control measures and to blast U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for not supporting them. Murphy was joined on the steps of Orlando City Hall Wednesday by Christine Leinonen, whose son was one of 49 people slain in the June 12 Pulse shooting, and by Jose Arraigada, who was her son’s boyfriend. It was…

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At DNC ‘Women of the House’ presentation, Florida candidates talk up Hillary Clinton’s good points

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At the Democratic National Convention’s Women of the House presentation, an array of women either in the House of Representatives or running for it in this year’s election made their case for what Hillary Clinton will do as president to advance a wide variety of issues. In their arsenal were a slew of Democratic talking points: abortion and health care rights, women in business, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, foreign policy, gun control and veterans. Seventh District candidate Stephanie Murphy, 10th…

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Alan Grayson introduces assault weapon ban bill

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Undeterred by the fact that every other gun bill considered in the past three weeks has been shot down, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson introduced another Friday, seeking to reinstitute the assault weapon ban that was in place from 1994-2004. Grayson, the Orlando Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, said he would push the bill the way he’s pushed another legislation he was able to pass, meeting with individual members of Congress to appeal to them one-on-one, following the…

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A divided Senate answers Orlando with gridlock on gun curbs

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A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns and another shoring up the government’s existing system of required background checks for many firearms purchases. With the chamber’s visitors’ galleries unusually crowded…

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