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  1. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri lobbies on behalf of sheriffs in Tallahassee.
  2. These are the gun law changes Florida lawmakers could take up in 2017

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    Legislators have proposed several law changes for the upcoming 2017 session that would either expand or restrict gun ownership and possession.

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  3. NRA, Republican leaders shape gun law debate in Tallahassee

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    Marion Hammer’s phone rang as news bulletins reported that five tourists were shot to death at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, speaks in favor of the guns at work bill during a House committee meeting in 2007. That bill failed.
  4. Gun safety proponents: More regulations will make Florida safer from gun violence

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    Since the summer shooting that devastated Latin night at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has worn a rainbow-patterned ribbon on his lapel.

    "We have a moral obligation because of what has happened in this state," said Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Winter Park.
  5. Gun rights supporters: Less restrictions, more guns by the 'law-abiding' could be deterrent

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    Picture this different view of public life in Florida.

    Gun-rights advocate, restaurant owner and mother of four sons, Lauren Boebert, wears her usual gun on her hip as she brushes the hair of Roman, 3, as the family gets ready to leave home for church in Rifle, Colo., on May 1, 2016.
  1. Florida lawmakers boost education spending, expand online learning

    K12

    TALLAHASSEE — Teachers won raises. School districts got a boost in per-pupil funding. Charter schools nearly doubled their construction and maintenance dollars.

        1. Gov. Scott once took aim at mosquito districts as 'tax burden'

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          The full story is here.

        1. FLORIDA GUNS, PART 1: More guns could mean safer citizens, advocates argue

          State Roundup

          TALLAHASSEE — Picture this different view of public life in Florida.

          A memorial outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June. Despite the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, gun rights supporters argue looser restrictions will make public spaces safer. [Cherie Diez | Tampa Bay Times]
        2. FLORIDA GUNS, PART 2: Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws

          State Roundup

          TALLAHASSEE — Since the summer shooting that devastated Latin night at Pulse, an Orlando gay nightclub, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has worn a rainbow-patterned ribbon on his lapel.

          In this image taken Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 and made available by Mark Lea, shows the pistol of alleged shooter Esteban Santiago at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Santiago opened fire in the baggage claim area killing five travelers. [Mark Lea via AP]
        3. FLORIDA GUNS, PART 3: Shootings boost prospects for gun groups

          State Roundup

          TALLAHASSEE — Marion Hammer's phone rang as news bulletins reported that five tourists were shot to death at Fort Lauderdale-International Airport.

          Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's longtime Tallahassee lobbyist, (right) prior to the Florida House Judiciary Committee hearing about open-carry gun legislation last year. She's talking with Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart.