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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: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:58 AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is under fire for his reaction to the story of an immigrant girl with Down syndrome during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News.
Lewandowski's controversial comments came as he and panelist Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist, discussed the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.
"Womp, womp"—Cory Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, mocks a disabled migrant girl. https://t.co/4UxTgGHhiT— Early Start (@EarlyStart) June 20, 2018
"Did you say 'womp womp' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?" Petkanas replied angrily. "How dare you. How dare you. How absolutely dare you!"
The clip quickly circulated on Twitter, sparking outrage and condemnation from celebrities and public figures.
“There is no low to which this coward Corey Lewandowski won’t sink,” former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who now hosts NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” tweeted. “This man should not be afforded a national platform to spew his hate.”
Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain, tweeted: “This is so horrible, even by Lewandowski standards.”
According to CNN, Luis Videgaray, Mexico's foreign minister, said in a news conference earlier Tuesday that the story of the girl, who is Mexican, was "particularly painful." After reaching the border, she and her brother were placed in a different detention facility from their mother, Videgaray said. Mexican officials are pushing for the girl to be released to her father, who legally resides in Texas.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:28 AM
KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — A woman was shot and killed in Kershaw County, South Carolina, on Sunday night after sources told WSOC-TV that she was with another woman's husband.
The shooting happened at the intersection of Highway 521 and Catoe Road, several miles south of Kershaw.
The Kershaw County coroner said 54-year-old Brenda Marie Coates died from a single gunshot wound. She was found in her car at the scene.
Late Monday, crime scene tape still hung on an old building on the corner. Deputies said the person of interest in the killing is the wife of the man Coates was with in the car. Officials have not released her name.
Bob Keiningham lives on Catoe Road and is familiar with both families.
"That just goes to show you never know. These are people that live in our area. Everybody sees them every day, from Kershaw here, just regular folks," he said.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said investigators recovered a bullet from the car and also found the gun used in the shooting. They wouldn't give any further details, and he would not say where the gun was found.
The few people who live nearby said it was disturbing to see the aftermath.
"We heard gunshots – sounded like a firecracker going off. Happening so close to where we live is kind of nerve-wracking," said neighbor Dylan Hall.
Sheriff's investigators are waiting on three items sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for analysis – DNA, gunshot residue tests and ballistic tests – before they file any charges.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:42 AM
BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. — Two North Carolina students said they had their diplomas taken away because they wore military cords around their necks at graduation.
The two graduates wore the special cords during graduation to symbolize their enlistment in the U.S. Army.
Their celebration turned to punishment after they wore their cords Friday at West Bladen High School in Bladen County, located in eastern North Carolina.
A school administrator said they broke the rules because their cords weren't pre-approved.
"Ms. Kelly came up to them and asked them if she could see the diplomas, and they handed them to her and she kept them," a mother, Wendy Paris, said. "I don't have a problem with rules and policies, but some of them are ridiculous."
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:05 AM
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Friends and family of a 21-year-old Cartersville, Georgia, man who drowned at Florida's Panama City Beach over Father's Day weekend say he died a hero.
Tony Jackson Jr. was on vacation swimming with friends when a strong current pulled him under.
WSB-TV's Michael Seiden spoke with Jackson's friend, Muhammad Qasim, who was at the beach with him and witnessed the accident.
Qasim told Seiden that just before they planned to leave, Jackson had turned back in the water to try to save a child who had fallen off a float.
“I was right next to him in the water, but when he tried to go toward the kid and the wave hit him, the wave just dragged him back 10 feet," Qasim said. "There was nothing I could’ve done.”
“I was right next to him in the water, but when he tried to go toward the kid and the wave hit him, the wave just dragged him back 10 feet . There was nothing I could’ve done .”— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) June 19, 2018
-Muhammad Qasim on the death of his best friend Tony Jackson Jr. pic.twitter.com/0BmlZbViEH
Rescue crews recovered his body two hours later.
Jackson's family is now trying to raise enough money to fly his body back to Georgia so they can bury him. They say it will cost around $1,700.
“The main thing is to just get him home; that’s the biggest thing," said Jackson's mother, Latanisha.
She hopes the public will step up to help. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses. They hope to raise $10,000 to pay for transportation and funeral arrangements.
In the meantime, the family is remembering a man who they believe risked his life to help a complete stranger.
“He had a big heart. He would do anything for anybody,” Latanisha told Seiden.
“He was a hard worker and he would do anything," Qasim said. "He would literally give the shirt off his back for anybody.”
Qasim says there was no warning posted about dangerous conditions in the water. A spokesman for the Panama City Beach Police said red flags were flying before the drowning, warning swimmers not to get in.
Qasim says that isn't true.
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