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Time to get rid of more Fla gun restrictions



In the aftermath of Tucson's shooting rampage, lawmakers in Florida are ready to make their stand on guns clearer: They want more people to have the right to carry them in the open and fewer government restrictions.

Legislators have filed three separate bills, one that would restrict local governments from regulating firearms, another to stop doctors from gun.jpgeven asking patients about them and a third to grant licensed gun owners the right to wear firearms outside their clothing — including on college campuses.

The bills were all drafted prior to last week's shooting in Arizona, and before a drunken Florida State University student in Tallahassee accidentally killed his girlfriend's twin sister with an AK-47 on campus.

Both tragedies loom over the legislation, but if history is a guide, that won't impede any of the bills. Almost every year, a gun rights measure passes Florida's Legislature.

At a national level, the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday explores the lack of debate over gun safety measures. Unlike past mass shootings that have chilled the country, this time it's a debate about heated political rhetoric. (story here)

[Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:42pm]


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