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Florida lawmakers postpone consideration of bill to make it even easier to buy firearms

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Less than 24 hours after 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in Florida, lawmakers in the state were scheduled to consider a bill that would allow people to obtain gun licenses without passing a background check.
But given the national attention on the mass shooting, a representative for the Senate president told ThinkProgress Thursday morning that the committee would be postponing consideration of the legislation.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam , who is running for governor of Florida, authored the provision and asked state Sen. Kelli Stargel to tuck it into the end...
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What we know about the south Florida school shooting

What we know about the south Florida school shooting

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On Wednesday, 17 people were killed and at least 15 injured after a deadly shooting at a south Florida high school.
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House Speaker Ryan: Florida shooting shouldn't threaten right to own guns

House Speaker Ryan: Florida shooting shouldn't threaten right to own guns

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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, in a round of interviews with conservative radio shows on Thursday, said the Florida school shooting that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday should not threaten citizens' rights to own guns.
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Athletic director shot in Florida high school is Monroe County native

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas athletic director Chris Hixon, who attended Pleasant Valley High School, was among those shot on Wednesday at the Parkland high school , athletic department staff and athletic department personnel at other schools confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. Hixon, 49, grew up in Effort,...
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Florida Shooting: Everything We Know so Far About Parkland High School Massacre

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At least 17 people were killed in Wednesday's school shooting at a Florida high school, making it one of the deadliest in modern history.
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