Florida’s new agriculture commissioner fights with NRA lobbyist over concealed carry permits

Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried wants to move the handling of concealed-weapons licenses from the agency she will soon oversee to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer, the state’s top Second Amendment advocate, is digging in on her position that the license program needs the guiding hand of a […]

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Shifting ‘Gunshine State’ dynamics spur momentum for gun control bills, ballot measures

The Florida capitol buildings in Tallahassee. The 2018 Florida legislative session concluded with the adoption of Senate Bill 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, a quickly-assembled $400 million response to the Parkland Valentine’s Day school shooting that included several controversial gun-control measures. Gun control advocates are hoping to capitalize on that […]

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Cothren suggest county adopt anti-1639 ordinance

Wahkiakum County may soon join other counties and municipalities across the state in codifying opposition to new law created by voter approved Initiative 1639. The initiative requires a variety of measures designed to increase firearm safety and training in their use. It passed overwhelmingly in urban areas but failed in rural areas such as Wahkiakum […]

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