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Florida Gun Laws: 6 Quotes From Heated Debate

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With a series of pro-gun laws adopted over the years, Florida has become a top state for gun ownership. Dubbed the “Gunshine State,” Florida has more than 1 million active concealed carry permits, which continues to stir up debate.

Here are six quotes on the subject:

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• "America should learn from Trayvon Martin’s death that more guns in public do not make us safer, and use this tragedy as an opportunity to closely evaluate our nation’s gun laws." – Statement by Juliet Leftwich, legal director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

• “One fact has long been crystal clear: ‘Shoot first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns." – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement after the death of Trayvon Martin.

• "It’s a violation of the Constitution to deny people the right to have a gun in their homes." – Eric Friday, lead counsel for Florida Carry, USA Today, January 2014.

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• "It isn’t about trying to infringe on everyone’s right to bear arms." It's about "telling us what you’re doing, and trying to keep our children safe." – Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Miami Herald, Feb. 18, 2014, in regard to an effort of Miami-Dade mayors to try to sidestep state firearms laws by forcing gun distributors and manufacturers to disclose training techniques and methods used to keep firearms out of the hands of indicted traffickers.

• "It's not anti-Second Amendment. It closes a gap in the system that prevents dangerous people with mental illnesses from being able to buy guns until they've had treatment and are cured." – Marion Hammer, former NRA president, on a Florida bill that expanded the definition of mental illness regarding legal gun purchases. The bill was passed into law in July 2013. Ocala Star Banner, June 2013.

• "This is just another attack on the honest law-abiding person who may choose to own a firearm." – A Florida resident in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott opposing the gun bill redefining mental illness. Ocala Star Banner, June 2013.

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