Governor Rick Scott, Florida CONNECT, and the University of Florida are in the headlines today.


The Marissa Alexander case has become another flashpoint in Florida involving issues of race, gender and the state’s controversial gun laws.

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A bill that would grant immunity to Floridians who show guns or fire warning shots in self-defense could be poised to pass this year after failing to get a hearing in 2013.

The so-called "warning-shot" bill (SB 448), which would amend the state's controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law, cleared its first Senate panel on Wednesday.

Escaped convicts, downtown Jacksonville, and The Satanic Temple are in the headlines today.

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, Palm Coast, and guns are in the headlines today.

A state appeals court ruling on a case out of the University of North Florida could impact the rights of gun owners across the state.

Forrest High School, the 1st District Court of Appeals, and the Florida Gators are in the headlines today.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says an 18-year-old student is safe after she was robbed by two armed assailants on her way to school this morning.

The P-8A Poseidon, Angela Corey, and Stand Your Ground are in the headlines today.

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — As the Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee this week, the debate over the state's controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law is returning as well, with a five-hour hearing scheduled for Thursday and both sides already at work getting their messages out.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, that would repeal "stand your ground," and activists who protested the law with a sit-in at the Capitol this summer are expected to turn out in force.


The families of two teenage shooting victims whose cases have become critical in the debate over Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law are in Washington today.

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis testified this morning at a hearing before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

At least 22 states have some form of the law, which generally cancels a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat.

For the third day in a row, hundreds of demonstrators took the streets of Santa Rosa, Calif. to protest the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy.

As The San Francisco Chronicle reports, Andy Lopez was walking to a friend's house on Tuesday to return a toy rifle. When police encountered him, they mistook the toy rifle for an AK-47 assault rifle.

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.

Several Florida agencies recently gave Florida lawmakers an update on the rollout of a new law curbing the sale of guns to certain people with mental illnesses. The NRA-backed law went into effect months ago, and state officials are still looking into how to enforce it.


On the 10-month anniversary of his son's shooting death, the father of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis spoke out against Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law on First Coast Connect.

"I think the law needs to be changed," said Ron Davis.

"The way it is now, the only version of events that gets a fair hearing in court is the version of the person who pulled the trigger. The victim's voice isn't heard."

Michael Dunn, the Brevard County man who's accused accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan, made another court appearance last week.