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Adam Putnam sees “pathway” to open carry, campus carry

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Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam Tuesday said “there is absolutely a pathway” to bring back open carry and to permit what’s called “campus carry” in Florida. “We have a track record of law-abiding citizens in Florida who submit their fingerprints, undergo background checks, and lawfully exercise their Second Amendment right,” he told reporters.

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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting

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Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take their weapons to airports, government meetings and state universities, and would be in a better position to protect themselves and others if a mass shooting should erupt in one of those places. “Anytime you create a gun-free zone, you essentially are creating a safe…

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Replicas of antique guns don’t break felons-in-possession law, court says

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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that carrying a replica of an antique gun doesn’t violate the state’s prohibition on felons possessing firearms. The court on Thursday ruled 5-2 that Christopher D. Weeks’ “conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” should be reversed and his sentence of three years’ probation vacated. Notably, the majority opinion found the court’s progressive and conservative wings in agreement. Weeks had been arrested in 2012 while hunting in the Blackwater Wildlife Management…

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Another day, another position on guns for Darren Soto

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At first blush, Sen. Darren Soto joining other Orlando-area lawmakers in calling for a Special Session to implement new restrictions on firearms purchases make perfect sense. After all, he’s a young Democrat from an urban Central Florida district who occasionally makes liberal noises when it comes to LGBT rights, women’s access to heath care, and other relatively safe social issues. So it stands to reason that in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre that has left Orlando traumatized and angry, Soto…

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Gwen Graham co-sponsoring Bill Nelson’s gun purchase oversight bill

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may straddle the fence on some issues dear to progressives, but she came out on Thursday with a full-throated endorsement of Senate Democrats’ plan to notify the FBI when a suspected terrorist buys a firearm. The bill’s main Senate sponsor is Florida’s senior senator, Sen. Bill Nelson, who introduced the bill on Wednesday in response to renewed political will to rein in guns following Sunday’s lethal mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando. “In the wake of the…

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Jeb Bush criticizes President Barack Obama’s executive orders on guns

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A set of President Obama’s gun-control executive actions show “an utter disregard for the Second Amendment,” presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said in a guest commentary for The Gazette published Tuesday. “Barack Obama has proved again why he will go down as one of the most liberal and divisive presidents in the history of our nation,” the former Florida governor wrote in the guest column in the Iowa newspaper. “Obama’s declaration that he will impose his gun control agenda by executive…

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Broward Democrat files gun safety bill

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Pompano Beach Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke Reed filed a bill Friday that would change some of the rules on concealed weapons permits in Florida. HB 935 would require concealed weapons permit holders to tell first responders they have a concealed weapon and present their license and identification. Current law doesn’t require permit holders to tell police they are carrying a weapon. The bill would also increase the fine for not carrying the license from $25 to $1,000. “This bill would provide a safety measure…

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