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The End of the Road
5:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

I-95, Road Rage And How The Robertsons Learned Miami Time

A photo of Neil and Alyce Robertson taken around the time of their harrowing I-95 tale.
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There are details of this story that Alyce and Neil Robertson don’t quite agree on.

“We were on our way to a wedding on a Saturday afternoon,” recalls Alyce.

“A Sunday, yeah,” recalls Neil, “we were on our way to a wedding.”

This Saturday (or Sunday) wedding trip roughly 20 (or 30) years ago has become a go-to party story for the Robertsons, who can at least agree that they were disagreeing at the time.

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The Sunshine Edition
1:06 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition - The Winners And Losers

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In our final installment of Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition, we highlight the big events from this legislative season.

Stand Your Ground reform did not get far, but bills to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities and to legalize a form of medical marijuana made it through the Republican-controlled legislature, and Governor Rick Scott says he will sign them. 

WLRN-Miami Herald News' Gina Jordan walks us through hallways of the Capitol in the remaining hours of the session.

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The Florida Roundup
12:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Should People Without Permits Be Able To Carry Guns During A Hurricane?

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Hurricane season is a few months away, and that may be what was on the mind of legislators this session.

The Legislature is likely to pass a bill allowing people who do not (and maybe even could not) get a concealed-weapons permit to carry a gun if there is a state-declared emergency.

The Miami Herald’s Fred Grimm called it the "Zombie Apocalypse bill."

This week on the Florida Roundup, we'll discuss what the bill is all about, who's pushing for it, and why she Sheriff's Association is a bit concerned about it.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bills To Allow Guns On School Campuses

Guns would be allowed at school under a bill being considered by Florida lawmakers. The bill would allow at least one volunteer or school employee to carry a concealed weapon.
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An effort to bring guns to school campuses is moving through the Florida Legislature.

The bill sponsors say this isn’t such a far-fetched idea - eight states allow people with concealed-carry permits to bring guns to school.

Supporters say this may be the best chance to save lives. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, says research on school shootings has found the attacks are often over before police or deputies can respond.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Session Update: Election Law Changes, Guns In Schools, Gov. Askew Dies

Gov. Reubin Askew takes the oath of office on January 5, 1971. He died last week at age 85.
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Lawmakers altered their session schedules this week to say goodbye to former Gov. Reubin Askew. He died Thursday at age 85. Flags are flying at half-staff at local and state buildings.

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Guns
1:24 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Mayors' Hands Tied When It Comes To Backyard Gun Ranges

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On Monday, Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan released a series of letters between him, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, in which he questions the logic of a state law preventing municipalities from implementing their own gun controls.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Miami-Dade Mayors Rally Behind Plan To Control Gun Industry With 'Market Forces'

Arms With Ethics plans to target the gun industry through its reliance on purchases by municipal police departments.
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Firearms makers will have to make sure their products stay out of the wrong hands under a new gun control approach that's already taking root in Miami-Dade County.

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Party Safe
5:42 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pitbull And The City Of Miami Don't Want You To Fire Your Gun On New Year's Eve

Miami officials are urging revelers not to shoot in celebration.

On the last day of the year people all over South Florida will be looking to bring in 2014’s first moments with a bang. But Miami officials are asking that guns be excluded from those New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On Monday, county commissioner Audrey Edmonson took a swing at tackling celebratory gunfire again this year with the “One Bullet Kills the Party” campaign.

Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide, is the face of the campaign which seeks to make people aware of the dangers of celebratory bullets that cause can injuries, property damage, and in some cases, death.

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Firearms On Campus
1:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Court Strikes Down University Gun Rule

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A splintered appeals court ruled Tuesday that state universities cannot bar students from storing guns in their cars while on campus.

The ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal, which drew seven separate opinions from the 15-member bench, was 12-3 on the merits for striking down a policy at the University of North Florida barring firearms stowed in cars. The majority opinion drew eight votes, with some of the members drafting separate, concurring opinions, while four other judges joined a different opinion agreeing with the court's result.

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Education
2:56 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

How The NRA's Role In Florida Extends Way Beyond Gun Lobbying

Paul Wages, a senior firearms instructor at Defensive Solutions in Powell, Tennessee, shoots a target at a local gun range.
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The National Rifle Association has helped shape Florida gun policy for a long time, most visibly by helping to craft the state's now famous Stand Your Ground law.

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The Florida Roundup
12:33 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Why Florida Picks Fights With The U.S.

The motto on the first flag to fly over the capitol when Florida became the 27th state seems to be guiding the state's response today to federal programs.
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Florida’s top prosecutor wants to overturn a federal gun law and allow 18 year-olds to own handguns.  It’s just the latest example of the Sunshine State battling the federal government.  It’s done it over health care, voting rights and now gun control.  

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Politics
4:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Clock Ticking For Governor To Veto Mental Health Gun Bill

Floridians who voluntarily get mental health treatment could find themselves on a gun ban list.
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The only gun control measure passed by the Florida Legislature this year is finally on Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

It puts people who are committed for mental health treatment on a list that prevents them from being able to buy a gun.

The National Rifle Association usually fights any proposal that could erode a person's right to bear arms – also known as the U.S. 2nd Amendment -- but the association strongly supports this bill.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Survey: What South Floridians Think About Gun Control

Melissa Aptman was murdered in 1995. Her parents created the Melissa Institute to study the causes of violence and try to make communities safer.
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The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention commissioned a survey last month to measure South Floridians' attitudes about guns as opposed to the rest of the state.

Results show residents overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun purchases.

The institute in South Miami was founded by Lynn Aptman. Her daughter Melissa was shot to death during a carjacking in St. Louis two weeks before her college graduation in 1995.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Senator: 'There Is Clearly A Divide" In Florida Over Gun Policy

Sen. Chris Smith says most people like the Stand Your Ground law until they learn more about it.
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Results from a Quinnipiac University poll last month show Florida voters like the idea of universal background checks for gun buyers.

They also like the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, isn't surprised by either of those results.

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Gun Policy
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Visualized: Guns and Murder in Florida

Florida homicide data from 2000 to 2011 shows that, over the last decade, the likelihood that a murder in Florida will involve a firearm has steadily increased.
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The horrific killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., revived the debate over gun control in the United States. President Barack Obama outlined his controversial proposal for gun control last Wednesday, including requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, strengthening the ban on assault weapons, and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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