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Orlando shooter was licensed as armed security guard in Florida

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose office also handles security guard licenses and concealed carry permits, says the Orlando shooter held security guard licenses that allowed him to carry firearms. Putnam spoke Monday to a group of reporters outside the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. The commissioner said Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce had a “D” license to work as a private “security officer,” and a “G” license that allowed him “to bear a firearm” statewide, the department’s website explains. Mateen shot and…

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Gun seizures at Tampa International Airport on rise

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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. Since Jan. 1, 10 firearms have turned up in the security line. TSA federal security director for the Tampa Bay region Lee Kair says that…

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Today on Context Florida: Guns on campus, an eternal optimist and technology & the disabled

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Today on Context Florida: Tom O’Hara says backers and opponents of letting people bring guns onto Florida’s college campuses can’t logically support their arguments until there’s more slaughter to analyze. It appears that a bill that would allow students with a concealed-carry permit to bring their guns onto the state’s public college campuses will become law next year. Sally Swartz calls Hobe Sound resident Jeff Wittman an “eternal optimist.” Wittman has never stopped believing that a 46-acre chunk of Florida scrub…

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