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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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Walmart says gun-display back-to-school promotion was prank

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Walmart is having all sorts of promotions for the back-to-school season, but selling firearms isn’t one of them. The world’s largest retailer said Friday an internal investigation determined without a doubt that the company was pranked when a photograph emerged on social media showing a sign reading “Own The School Year Like A Hero” atop a gun case in a store.

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Andrew Gillum calls Adam Putnam ‘recent convert’ to gun rights movement

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Following the Tampa Bay Times story questioning Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam‘s past visibility on gun rights issues, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is calling him “a recent convert” and questioning his commitments on details.

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Joe Henderson: Dan Raulerson ‘certainly’ not backing down after saying everyone should be armed

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Dan Raulerson and I disagree on many things about policy but we always have done so amicably. I have found him to be thoughtful, principled and willing to listen to ideas other than his own. Raulerson represents Florida House District 58, which stretches from Plant City and eastern Hillsborough County into Temple Terrace. He is not generally prone to hyperbole. So, I was taken aback when Raulerson said that in light of the attack last week in Washington that wounded…

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Guns, gambling and taxes: Legislators return to work

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Once the Florida Legislature kicks off its 60-day Session March 7, legislators are expected to pass, or kill, dozens of measures dealing with everything from abortion to gambling and the environment. So far, more than 2,000 bills have been filed, but in the end, legislators usually pass fewer than 300 pieces of legislation each year. Here’s a look at some of the top issues this Session: DEATH PENALTY: Florida legislators are expected to quickly pass a measure that would require…

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Jeff Brandes amendment would give felons gun rights

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A restoration of civil rights bill got an amendment from St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes that would give convicts the right to own guns after completing their sentence. SB 934, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Perry Thurston, would automatically restore all other civil rights, such as the right to vote, when a felon completes their sentence, but specifically carves out the right to own firearms. Thurston argues in the bill that automatic restoration helps felons reintegrate into society and takes…

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The bad, the ugly and the downright horrible – a roundup of today-in-DCF news

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Guns, children, neglect, animal abuse, human trafficking and forced prostitution. These aren’t the beautiful, cliché, sundown-on-the-beach Florida stories, but in an attempt to raise public consciousness about these issues we at Florida Politics bring you today’s ‘DCF Files.’ *** On Monday, the Palm Beach Post published a story citing chilling figures from the Florida Department of Children and Families — in an annual human trafficking dossier, fiscal year 2015-2016 — in which 1,892 reports of human trafficking were recorded during the period. It…

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