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New FL law allows guns in schools co-located with churches; critics opposed expansion of gun rights

BY: - July 2, 2021

A new Florida law that expands rights to carry concealed firearms and erodes Florida’s prohibition of guns on school property is now in effect. The Republican-backed measure passed the Legislature this spring as Senate Bill 259 and was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday. Sen. Joe Gruters, a southwest Florida Republican and chairman […]

A national memorial to honor lives lost at the Pulse nightclub

BY: - June 16, 2021

Days following the five-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, where 49 people were killed and 53 wounded, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed  legislation Wednesday to designate the National Pulse Memorial, located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando. The legislation will be sent to Joe Biden for approval. Pelosi referred to the bill signing […]

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49 innocent lives: Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida

BY: - June 12, 2021

Flags are at half-staff Saturday, from sunrise to sunset, commemorating the 49 lives lost and 53 wounded from the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. A proclamation from Gov. Ron DeSantis asked residents this morning to pause for a moment of silence. “The state of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards […]

On anniversary of Columbine massacre, Senate panel expands gun-carry rights in schools near churches

BY: - April 20, 2021

On the anniversary of the 1999 shooting massacre at Columbine High School, where 12 students and one teacher in Colorado were killed, Florida senators voted Tuesday to allow people to carry concealed weapons in schools where church and school activities overlap. For example, if the legislation is approved, and a church has a school, whether […]

Battle over conversion therapy heats up at local, state, and national levels; Orlando weighs ban

BY: - September 24, 2019

Jordan Hunter is still haunted years after undergoing conversion therapy, a controversial concept that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation. The Orlando resident, 29, was among detractors of the practice who addressed an Orange County commission meeting earlier this month, pulling out a notebook and reading aloud about the process he endured as a […]

Could moderate Republicans merge with mom activists to come up with modest gun regulations in 2020?

BY: - September 17, 2019

In Florida’s Capitol, Kate Kile from the Tallahassee chapter of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action, sat outside a committee room with a three-ring binder in her arms. The notebook was filled with 870 personal letters from volunteer members of the group from around the state, calling on Republican State Sen. Tom Lee from Hillsborough […]

A special legislative session on guns? Florida’s House Democratic caucus is pushing for it

BY: - August 20, 2019

(Updated) Florida legislative Democrats are calling on the Secretary of State to hold a special legislative session to consider proposals to combat gun violence. Republican legislative leaders are not backing the idea. The calls for special sessions in Florida to tackle gun restrictions have happened several times in recent years following high-profile shootings. This time […]

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Senate Democrats want assault weapons ban on the table when Legislature reconvenes

BY: - August 14, 2019

Seizing on comments made by Florida’s Republican state Senate President Bill Galvano that he wants to understand the “various factors involved in mass shootings,” the top Democrat in the Florida Senate says it’s past time for the Legislature to “break the grip” of the National Rifle Association and pass gun-safety measures when lawmakers convene next […]

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FL state budget now in DeSantis’ hands; he promises some vetoes

BY: - June 14, 2019

The Legislature sent Gov. Ron DeSantis its $91.1 billion state budget Friday for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He has until June 29 to sign the spending plan into law, although his staff has already been reviewing the document. DeSantis has said he plans to sign it next week. The governor has guaranteed he’ll […]

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Gov. DeSantis says he sees no need for LGBTQ legal protections in his administration

BY: - June 13, 2019

Two days after omitting mention of LGBTQ Floridians in a memorandum commemorating the 2016 Pulse nightclub shootings, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that he sees no need to include them in an executive order barring discrimination within his administration. “My office – we do merit only, and I don’t need a piece of paper to […]

Democratic presidential candidates weigh in on Pulse shooting anniversary

BY: - June 12, 2019

Most of the Democrats running for president noted that Wednesday marked the third anniversary of Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub mass shooting – where 49 people were killed – and used it as an opportunity to outline their policies if elected. Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said in a written statement […]

Florida citizen campaign to bring assault weapon ban before voters in 2020 is on track, organizers say

BY: - June 11, 2019

Three days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law that makes it harder for citizen-led constitutional amendments to get on the ballot, the organizers behind a measure to ban assault weapons say they are on track to get a legal review from the Florida Supreme Court, the first step towards qualifying for the 2020 […]