NRA Says the Florida Sheriffs Association Has Declared War on Second Amendment

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A bill that would've allowed people to walk around with concealed guns -- even if they do not have concealed weapons permits -- during riots or natural disasters was killed in the Florida Legislature last week.

And the NRA is upset.

Had it passed, SB 296 would have made it cool for anyone -- even a person without a concealed weapons permit, so long as he or she had a clean criminal history -- to carry a concealed weapon during riots or natural disasters that require immediate evacuation.

The bill was so controversial that one senator filed a "zombie apocalypse" amendment to the bill as a sarcastic way of showing how ridiculous he thought it was to begin with.

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New Florida Law: Insurance Companies Can't Charge Higher Rates for People Who Own Guns

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Senate Bill 424, a bill that would protect Florida gun owners from being discriminated against by insurance companies, is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk to be signed into law after passing via a 74-44 vote in the state House on Tuesday.

Much to the delight of gun advocacy groups and the NRA, this means that it's now basically illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage or increase rates for a person who owns a gun.

The bill, cosponsored by Republicans Matt Gaetz in the House and Sen. Tom Lee, says that "unfair discrimination on the basis of gun ownership in the provision of personal lines property or personal lines automobile insurance is a discriminatory insurance practice."

See also: Top Six Gun-Related Bills Being Discussed by Florida Legislature

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Top Six Gun-Related Bills Being Discussed by Florida Legislature

Categories: Gunz!, Listy Lists

The Florida Legislature has been busy writing up bills willy-nilly these past few weeks, all in an effort to make the Sunshine State not so ridiculous in the eyes of the rest of the nation.

And while there are some important things to discuss -- like the legalization of weed, for example -- legislators are also tackling the ol' Florida tradition of gun laws.

Is there a bill out there that wants to let teachers get their Dirty Harry on and pack hand cannons while at school? Will another bill pass that will give us more George Zimmermans?

It's all a bit confusing. But no worries. The Pulp is here to give you the rundown on the top six gun bills that our lawmakers are discussing in Tallahassee, in easy-to-follow layman's terms!

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Student Brings AR-15 Rifle and Ammo to Miramar High School

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A student at Miramar High School apparently brought an AR-15 machine gun and two fully loaded ammo clips as he drove into school on Monday, cops say.

The student never took the weapon into the school, and it's unclear how officials found out the student had a high-powered rifle in his car.

Police were called to the school, where they arrested the student on a charge of having a weapon or destructive device within 1,000 feet of a school.

See also: Florida Bill That Would Arm School Employees to Go Before Senate Panel

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Florida Bill That Would Arm School Employees to Go Before Senate Panel

Republican state senator in Florida Alan Hays is just a vessel of amazing ideas. The man who once filed legislation to keep public buses from stopping on streets because one time he got stuck in traffic behind one and who once called Sharia law a "dreadful disease" that needed vaccination, and who is fighting a battle to get all that Muslim stuff out of school textbooks to make room for Christianity has yet another winning idea up his sleeve.

Hays is now sponsoring a bill that would allow school employees to carry guns.

On Monday, Florida's Senate Criminal Justice Committee is going to be getting together to discuss whether having people walking around with guns in schools is a good idea.

See also: Florida State Senator Says We Need to "Vaccinate" Against Sharia

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Marissa Alexander Is About to Get Screwed by Florida's Ridiculous Gun Laws

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Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who was arrested for firing a warning shot to ward off her abusive estranged husband, may now be looking at 60 years in prison because of a weird law that would add 20 years to each charge.

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will try to put Alexander in prison for what amounts to life.

Why? Because this is Florida, where it's totally cool to shoot and kill an unarmed black kid walking around with a bag of Skittles.

But totally NOT cool to fire a warning shot, harming no one, so that you don't get beat up by a serial domestic abuser. THAT'S WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE DOWN HERE.

See also: Florida Legislator Wants People to Be Allowed to Fire Warning Shots

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Police Report Explains Confusion Over "Gunman" at Aventura Mall Movie Theater

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A gun did not do this; frantic people did.
Hundreds of people stampeded out of Aventura Mall last Saturday night when reports of a gunman spread exponentially from theater 20 to the rest of the mall and eventually the dark depths of the conspiracy-theorizing internet. Eighty-seven minutes after the panicked exodus, Aventura Mall tweeted: "Confusion during movie at Aventura Mall tonight. Police say no gun, no shooting."

Most people were relieved the chaotic confusion was not as sinister as they first thought, but others remained skeptical. After all, the mall security officers and movie theater operators were suspiciously tight-lipped, multiple witnesses claim to have seen someone with a gun (some even claim they heard shots), and then there was that damning photo of the shattered glass door.

But we got the police report -- and it turns out there was no gun, there was no shooting, and everything else has a perfectly reasonable explanation -- everything except why someone shouted "Gun!" in a crowded movie theater in the first place.

See also: Chaos at Aventura Mall Movie Theatre After Reports of Gunman Saturday Night; Police Say "No Gun, No Shooting"

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Chaos at Aventura Mall Movie Theatre After Reports of Gunman Saturday Night; Police Say "No Gun, No Shooting"

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Twenty-three year-old Adam Jakowitz was watching the 8:30 p.m. showing of Devil's Due at AMC Aventura 24 Saturday night with a friend. He says they were sitting in their seats right before the movie was about to begin when a girl came running into the theatre screaming, "There's someone with a gun!"

"People started climbing over seats and running to the emergency exit at the front of the theatre," Jakowitz remembers. "We left too but stayed near the door and eventually went back inside."

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Florida Firearm Background Checks Nears 1 Million Mark for 2013

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This just in: Florida LOVES guns.

Last month came the figures that showed Florida was on its way to breaking an all-time record in statewide gun sales.

And with gun sales come background checks. Sometimes, anyway.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a record 1 million background checks have been done this year.

See also: Florida Gun Sales at an All-Time, Record-Breaking High

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Florida Man Gets Hit by Bullet That Bounces Off His Head and Cracks His Car's Windshield... and Lives

Categories: Floriderp, Gunz!

A 62-year-old Florida grandfather was hit by a stray bullet that flew through the driver's-side window that had been open only four inches as he drove his granddaughter home from school.

And lived.

The bullet, which was probably shot from miles away, apparently bounced off the man's head and hit the car's windshield, leaving a crack on it.

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