Florida lawmakers file dozens of gun bills

Florida lawmakers file dozens of gun bills

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Hide caption By Brendan Farrington / The Associated Press They range from a Republican-sponsored repeal of gun restrictions enacted after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre to a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban assault rifles. TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers quickly passed new gun restrictions last year in the wake of the Parkland high school shootings that left 17 dead, but the debate about guns is far from over as the Legislature begins its 60-day session on Tuesday. In the weeks leading up to the session, about 50 gun-related bills were filed: from a Republican-sponsored repeal of gun restrictions enacted after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre to a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban assault rifles. But the GOP-controlled Legislature is unlikely to embrace extremes on either side of the gun issue; changes to the state’s gun laws will likely be somewhere in between. Republican Rep. Mike Hill understands the atmosphere, which is why he pulled his bill to repeal provisions of the last year’s school safety act that raised the minimum age to buy a rifle to 21 and created a waiting period to purchase the weapons. “It became obvious to me that the tragedy of that shooting was a wound that is still too raw to try to pull that Band-Aid off of at this time. The bill wasn’t getting traction,” Hill said. “I am always going to be a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights, and there could be a time in the future when my bill, […]

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