Florida Senators Divided on Gun-Control Debate

Dec 19, 2012

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban passed through Congress in the nineteen nineties.

The law expired in 2004. Since then Democrats, including Florida Senator Bill Nelson, have tried to get it reinstated but every effort has been blocked by the GOP", said Nelson. "Senator Nelson says the tragic killing of so many young children and educators in Connecticut is changing the conversation in Washington. 

In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, Florida will soon issue its one millionth concealed weapons permit, and that has gun control advocates worried that what happened there could more easily happen here. Politicians in the state are divided over the issue.

Some are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.

Gov. Scott Talks About Newtown Tragedy

Dec 18, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott is talking about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week that took the lives of twenty children and six adults at an elementary school. The governor has a personal connection to the tragedy.

Scott told the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau his job includes taking care of 19 million people in the state, and he wants to keep them safe.

Stand Your Ground Panel Wraps Up its Work

Nov 14, 2012

The task force looking into the state's controversial Stand Your Ground Law has filed its final report. The group isn't calling for any major changes.

The panel was created after the nationwide uproar over the shooting death of unarmed Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in February. Community Watch Volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin and is facing second-degree murder charges. But he's claiming self defense under the Stand Your Ground law.

A panel in Florida tasked with examining the state's "Stand Your Ground" law is unlikely to suggest that any major changes are needed.

Since it was convened in May, members of the task force have held meetings at locations around the state. At almost every meeting, they've heard impassioned testimony from people like David Boden, whose son, Jason, was killed in a shooting. Prosecutors in West Palm Beach told Boden that Florida's Stand Your Ground law prevented them from filing charges against the shooter.