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Lawmaker Seeks To Roll Back Gun Restrictions

Aug 12, 2019

A Panhandle Republican is again asking the Florida House to repeal gun-related provisions of a law passed in 2018 after a mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Florida's attorney general asked the state Supreme Court to disqualify a proposed ballot measure seeking to ban assault weapons, saying the measure goes too far in outlawing the possession of all semi-automatic long guns.

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A Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters. 

Memorials for the students who perished during the Parkland School shooting.
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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders are among the public officials who plan to unveil a billboard next week in Boston that will contrast Massachusetts gun laws with those in Florida. 

Judge Clears Way For Challenges To Gun Law

Oct 24, 2018
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A circuit judge has given a boost to more than 30 local governments challenging a 2011 state law that threatens stiff penalties for city or county officials who approve gun restrictions.

State Argues Against Anonymity In Gun Case

Sep 26, 2018
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Pointing to a “strong presumption in favor of open judicial proceedings,” Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is asking a federal appeals court to reject arguments that two 19-year-olds should be able to remain anonymous in a challenge to a new state gun law.

The gun legislation passed after the Parkland mass shooting was historic for many reasons, not the least of which was that it represented the first gun restrictions passed in Florida in more than 20 years. 

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Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office this week urged a circuit judge to dismiss a challenge to a law that imposes strict penalties on local governments and officials who violate a restriction on regulating guns and ammunition. 

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An additional 10 municipalities have joined a challenge to the constitutionality of a state law that imposes strict penalties on local governments and officials who violate a restriction on regulating guns and ammunition. 

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In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in Hillsborough County is now five days.

Three former state lawmakers are part of a committee that will try to get voters in 2020 to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban “assault” weapons in Florida. 

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to divest the city's employee pension fund from companies that make guns and ammo.

 

A recent staff review found that about $300,000 of the more than $800 million pension portfolio is linked to these kind of companies, according to city spokesperson Ashley Bauman. The decision to divest is ultimately up to the seven-member retirement board that oversees Tampa's employee pension fund.

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Less than two months after a 19-year-old gunman shot dead 14 students and three faculty members at a Broward County high school, city and county officials in parts of Florida are pushing back against a state firearm law they say has created a chilling effect on their ability to respond to constituents’ demands.

The Tallahassee city commission is joining a group of South Florida cities in a fight against a state gun preemption rule.

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law backed by the National Rifle Association that essentially stripped cities of their right to enact gun control regulations.

Seven years and a wave of political activism later, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joins ten Florida cities suing the state in hopes to overturn the legislation.

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Floridians won’t have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons --- or to weigh in on other gun-related restrictions --- after the Constitution Revision Commission rejected attempts to debate the proposals Wednesday.

Florida is one of a handful of states supporting the National Rifle Association’s challenge of a federal law that restricts young adults from buying guns, according to the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.   Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with 22 other attorneys general, said she will sign onto the brief.  Currently, federal law restricts people between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing guns.