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Florida has had the second-highest number of school shootings among all states since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting two years ago. A study by a pro-gun-control group records nearly 100 shootings on campuses nationwide.

The report from the group Everytown For Our Safety counts any time a gun was discharged on a school campus, including assaults, murders and suicides.

A Florida judge set a tentative trial date on Wednesday in the case of a 72-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another man during an argument in a movie theater.

Judge Pat Siracusa set a March 2 trial date and said he wants to move the case along as quickly as possible for the sake of the families involved. Another hearing to confirm the date is set for Oct. 15. Siracusa said he expects the trial to last three weeks and garner significant national media attention.

Duval County Public Schools, Bill Gulliford and George Zimmerman are in the headlines today.

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Jacksonville is struggling with a two-month citywide crime wave that’s been averaging one shooting a day and a murder every other day.

Jacksonville's fourth next gun buy-back event is scheduled for later this month, and this event will be different from the last three.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Four men face multiple charges after two people were injured in a Memorial Day shooting on Florida's Clearwater Beach.

On a recent morning, Jonel Edwards spoke with a group of Jacksonville youth. Behind her, a giant screen flashed pictures of young brown faces.

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Attorneys for Marissa Alexander will have to wait a little longer to argue Stand Your Ground in her upcoming case.

A couple of NRA-backed priorities died in the Florida Senate Thursday. The issues centered around one bill that that would allow people to legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a mandatory evacuation and another issue relating to tweaking Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Emergency Concealed Carry Bill

A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

It’s been more than a year since the Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 26 people dead—mostly kids. And, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) says according to a national report, close to 50-percent of the incidents—similar to Sandy Hook—are known to last less than 15 minutes.

The Florida branch of the National Rifle Association has made news for brusque interactions with state officials in lobbying efforts to pass a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons during a state of emergency regardless of whether they have a permit.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is expected to vote on the 'warning shot' bill that would allow people to fire a warning shot instead of retreating when threatened with death or bodily harm.

Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law got a few unchallenged tweaks from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday. 
 
Developed jointly by Broward County Democrat Chris Smith and Republican David Simmons of Seminole County, the changes make it clear that no one can start a fight and then claim legal immunity under Stand Your Ground. It also creates a legal basis for wounded bystanders to file lawsuits, even when the shooting was in self-defense. 
 
Smith, who led a task force that tried to change the law after the Trayvon Martin shooting, said he wasn't happy with all of the compromises he had to make this time, but he's glad Stand Your Ground is getting attention. 

A bill allowing someone to threaten to use force in a situation where they feel threatened without fear of prosecution is expected to be discussed on the Senate Floor this week.  And, the so-called “warning shot” bill that was modified at each committee stop may go through another change on the floor.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Military veterans or retired law-enforcement officers with concealed weapons permits and special training could be designated to bring guns into elementary, middle and high schools under a proposal moving through the Florida Legislature.

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