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The only gun-control bill that appears to have any chance of making it through the Florida Legislature this session is one that the National Rifle Association supports, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

A 30-year-old man living in a dormitory at the University of Central Florida apparently planned to kill other students by sounding the fire alarm, then shooting them when they went outside. But when police responded quickly to a 911 call from one of his roommates, the Orlando Sentinel reports, James Oliver Seevakumaran turned the gun on himself. 

A Polk County lawmaker who thwarted an attempted burglary by firing a warning shot wants that tactic to be included in the “stand your ground” law, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He also wants people to be able to brandish a weapon to scare off would-be attackers. 

After he fired six shots in his home -- aiming at rats, he said --76-year-old Thomas Judd of Tampa was “Baker Acted,” taken to a crisis center for an involuntary mental health examination. As usual, he was found to be suffering from schizophrenia.  His guns were taken away.

But now Judd has his guns back, after a proceeding in Hillsborough Circuit Court, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Almost 800,000 people applied for background checks so they could buy guns in Florida last year, the highest number since the Florida Department of Law Enforcement started keeping track.

Florida is featured prominently in a "WonkBlog" post by Ezra Klein on gun laws he thinks make no sense. But at least Florida isn't one of the four states that allows concealed-carry without a permit, even for teen-agers.

Florida has issued more concealed weapons permits than any other state, and it’s ready to hand out the one that will bring the total to 1 million, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam made the announcement with a press conference, flanked by American flags.

"I've been asked about our licensing responsibilities as much as any other topic," Putnam told the Times.

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