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Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 4:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 4:37 PM
— Florida is a state where it is not particularly difficult to get a gun. The Giffords Law Center, which is a gun-control advocacy group named after former U.S. House Rep. Gabby Giffords, gives Florida an "F" grade for its gun laws. Below, from the Giffords Law Center, is a look at Florida’s gun laws.
In Florida, you do not need a license to own or purchase a handgun, shotgun or rifle, nor do you have to register a gun. Here is what’s required from the state for gun ownership.
How do you get a gun in Florida?
In Florida, to purchase a gun from a gun store, you must pay $8 and complete the paperwork for a background check. If you pass the background check, you get the gun. If the gun is a rifle or a shotgun, you do not have to wait three days to get it. For a handgun, there is a mandatory three-day “cooling off” period in Florida, one of only 10 states that require any waiting period for the purchase of a gun. There is no federal waiting period required when purchasing a gun. Waiting periods are imposed by states.
Here is what Florida does not do:
Who is prohibited from purchasing a gun in Florida?
Federal law prohibits certain people from purchasing or possessing firearms. Felons, certain domestic abusers, and people with a history of mental illness are generally barred from buying a weapon. In Florida, a person is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm if they:
What is the minimum age to purchase a gun in Florida?
In Florida, a person has to be at least 18 years old to purchase and possess a gun. There are exceptions to that law. Minors are eligible to possess a gun if they are:
Can someone who has become a person who would be prohibited from possessing firearms in Florida have their guns taken away?
No, Florida has no law requiring a person who has become a person who would be prohibited from owning weapons in Florida to surrender the weapon, nor is there a law that would allow law enforcement to take that person’s firearms.
If a person is the subject of a court-imposed protective order, then Florida does consider it a violation of that protective order if the person refuses to surrender his or her firearms.
What about a semi-automatic weapon? How tough is it to get those type of weapons?
In most cases, it’s no tougher to get a semi-automatic rifle than it is to get a handgun. Seven states -- California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning semi-automatic weapons. Minnesota and Virginia regulate semi-automatic weapons. There is no ban on purchasing the weapons in any other state.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DUNMORE, Pa. — Two parents from Lakawanna County, Pennsylvania, have been arrested after police said that the they left their two children home alone while the mother traveled to Florida.
The investigation started when police were alerted to a case of children who had been left alone for weeks. When they visited the home, they found a 10- and 11-year-old alone, in a home that had food, boxes, pills and trash on the floor, WNEP reported.
Police said that Nicole Sciortino told them that she was not far away, but then admitted that she was in Florida. She then told the authorities that the children’s father Vincent Licciardello was watching the children.
He told police he dropped them off at Sciortino’s home on March 5 and he would stop by over the following days to give the children food, WNEP reported.
Sciortino told police that she didn’t know that it was against the law to leave the children home alone.
Both she and Licciardello were arrested, charged with endangering the welfare of children and are free on $10,000 unsecured bail. The children are staying with friends of the family, placed there by children and youth services, WNEP reported.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City.
According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.
But that wasn't the case.
When the Swindles went to pick up Irgo, they were greeted by a Great Dane instead, KCTV reported Wednesday. They soon learned that the airline had mixed up the two dogs and mistakenly flew Irgo to Japan, the Great Dane's intended destination.
In a statement, United told KCTV: "An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations. We have notified our customers that their pets have arrived safely and will arrange to return the pets to them as soon as possible. We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened."
Irgo will be returned to the Swindles "later this week," KCTV reported.
The news comes the same week another family's dog died on a United flight after a flight attendant reportedly said the pet had to travel in an overhead bin.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
CHICAGO — United Airlines is suspending its PetSafe pet cargo program while it reviews the program.
The suspension comes after a series of pet-related incidents, including one death, on the airline.
The Chicago Tribune reported that United will honor reservations that have already been confirmed for the service, which books pets in the cargo section of the plane.
“We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets,” United spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the airline will stop taking reservations for the program until May 1.
Spokesman Charlie Hobart told Bloomberg that part of the review of the program includes the airline considering which pets to accept. Bloomberg reported that United had previously been willing to transport dogs with an increased likelihood of in-flight death or injury, such as brachycephalic, of snub-nosed dogs.
On March 12, a French bulldog puppy died on a flight from Houston to New York when its owners said a United flight attendant insisted the pet be stored in an overhead bin. United issued a statement saying it took “full responsibility” for the death.
“This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” United said in a statement March 13. “We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”
On Tuesday, a German shepherd named Irgo was mistakenly flown to Japan in place of a Great Dane. Irgo was supposed to go to Kansas, where his family was moving from Oregon. The dog was reunited with his family Thursday.
On Friday, the airline mistakenly had a pet boarded on a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St. Louis. Flight 3996 was diverted to Akron, Ohio, when the error was realized, according to airline spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin. The animal was “safely delivered to its owner.” Compensation aas given to passengers on the diverted flight.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
— After numerous sell out shows, Beyonce and Jay-Z have added nine dates to their “On the Run II” stadium tour.
Variety reported that shows have been added in Amsterdam (June 20), Washington, D.C. (July 27), East Rutherford, New Jersey (Aug. 3), Chicago (Aug. 11), Columbus, Ohio (Aug. 16), Columbia, South Carolina (Aug. 21), Atlanta (Aug. 26) and Los Angeles (Sept. 23).
The tour will close with a new date in a new city -- Seattle on Oct. 4.
Announcing new shows in Columbus, OH - Columbia, SC - Seattle, WA as well as 2nd shows in select markets for #OTR2 with @S_C_ and @Beyonce. Pre-sale starts on 3/21 at 10am local time on https://t.co/We5OlPBrLl #TIDALxOTR2 pic.twitter.com/X7ZMoDRT5X— TIDAL (@TIDAL) March 20, 2018
Presales for additonal dates begin March 21 at 10 a.m. local time.
The additional North American dates, as well as previously announced tour dates, are below. More information is at Tidal.com.
July 25 - Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium
July 27 - Washington, D.C., FedEx Field
July 28 - Washington, D.C., FedEx Field
July 30 - Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Aug. 2 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium
Aug. 3 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium
Aug. 5 - Boston, Gillette Stadium
Aug. 8 - Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium
Aug. 10 - Chicago, Soldier Field
Aug. 11 - Chicago, Soldier Field
Aug. 13 - Detroit, Ford Field
Aug. 16 - Columbus, Ohio
Aug. 18 - Buffalo, New York, New Era Field
Aug. 21 - Columbia, South Carolina
Aug. 23 - Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt Stadium
Aug. 25 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium
Aug. 26 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium
Aug. 29 - Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium
Aug. 31 - Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Sept. 11 - Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium
Sept. 13 - New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sept. 15 - Houston, NRG Stadium
Sept. 19 - Phoenix, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium
Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl
Sept. 26 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl
Sept. 27 - San Diego, SDCCU Stadium
Sept. 29 - Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium