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Jim Turner - News Service of Florida

Jim Turner is a reporter for the News Service of Florida, a wire service to which WUFT News subscribes.

Gun Bills Line Up In Legislature

A measure that would reduce the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public and make it a non-criminal offense was been filed in the House on Friday. The proposal would change what is currently a second-degree misdemeanor charge into a $25 noncriminal violation that can be paid to a county clerk of the court.

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Liquor, Self-Defense Bills Moving In Senate

Controversial proposals that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores and shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases were set up Thursday to be among the first items the Senate could approve when the annual legislative session begins next month. The Rules Committee voted 7-4 for a proposal (SB 106) that would end a Depression-era law requiring liquor stores and bars to be separated from groceries and other retail goods, an issue commonly referred to as the "liquor wall."

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