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Palm Coast Man Who Shot Wife With AK-47 Continues to Fight His 25-Year Sentence

| April 8, 2016

William Carson Merrill shot and killed his wife as he played with the assault rifle in their home four years ago. He is battling in court for a new trial, arguing that he tendered an involuntary plea to the manslaughter charge.

Man Arrested Over Cocking AK-47 Outside Metro Diner After Words With Manager

| April 1, 2016

Joseph Eberhardinger, 24, had gone to Metro Diner with his girlfriend so she could retrieve her last paycheck when the incident unfolded. The same evening, Anthony Catoggio, 19, was arrested on an identical charge in a separate incident.

Palm Coast Man Who Avoided Prison in Child Porn Case Is Sentenced to 1 Year Over Gun

| March 29, 2016

Paul Stout, formerly of Palm Coast, had avoided prison when he was placed on 10 years’ probation for possession of child porn last year, but his possession of a .380-caliber gun as a felon sent him to prison.

Three Palm Coast Men Arrested Following Shooting Spree on Belle Terre Parkway and Brookside

| March 9, 2016

Steverson Jean-Louis, 19, Derek Hall Jr., 23, and Phillip Haire, 18, are accused of shooting at a motorist late Tuesday evening. The motorist knew most of the men in the alleged assailants’ car and had had a run-in with two of them in February.

Firearm Flagler: 3 Separate Gun Incidents Land 1 in Hospital With Gunshot Wound and 2 in Jail

| February 29, 2016

A Palm Coast man shot at his wife and son through their front door on Kathleen Trail, a man was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler with a gunshot wound to his leg after a Seminole Woods party, and an ex-boyfriend allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend as he held a 9 mm gun during an argument.

Put Away Your Glocks, Backyardigans:
Gov. Scott Signs Bill Banning Urban Gun Play

| February 24, 2016

Scott’s signature Wednesday comes nearly five years after the governor signed into law a measure that voided all local firearms restrictions.

Suicide By Gun Averted, Woman’s Face Burned With Cigarette, Good Samaritan Turns In $2,500

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Breckwoldt, a 13-year veteran of the force, averted a suicide by a 68-year-old woman who was wielding a Smith and Wesson .380 handgun and had earlier fired two shots.

Florida Senate’s Latest Bow to Guns: Allowing Them in Airport Terminals

| February 16, 2016

The measure would allow people to continue carrying sidearms in the areas of airports up to where passengers go through the security-screening process.

More Public Record Exemptions For Gun Owners, This Time For Hunters and Fishermen

| February 10, 2016

People getting hunting, fishing and boating licenses and certificates from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would be shielded from public record disclosures.

Open-Carry Allowance and Ban on Backyard Shooting Among Gun Bills Heading for a Vote

| January 29, 2016

Openly carried guns would have to be in a holster, case or bag, recreational shooting in certain residential areas would be banned, and the burden of proof in stand your ground cases would shift to defendants.

Opposing Open Carry, Sheriffs Instead Propose Immunity for Accidental Display of Guns

| January 20, 2016

The Florida Sheriffs Association, which has opposed the open-carry measure, outlined proposed steps that would provide immunity to people who inadvertently or accidentally display firearms.

In a Civilized State Without Stand Your Ground, Jordan Davis Would Still Be Alive

| January 11, 2016

The covenant of civilized living demands that we work to defuse conflicts, not escalate them. It demands that we look at each other face to face, and not through the divisive lens of stereotype.

At Five Star Pizza, A Confrontation With A Dissatisfied Customer Ends With a Gun

| December 23, 2015

When Palm Coast resident Tammie Bouie wouldn’t leave Five Star Pizza, owner-manager Denis Gotlib pulled out a Glock, telling deputies he had a right to stand his ground.

Pinellas Sheriff’s Caution on Open-Carry Bill Triggers Duel of Furious Accusations

| December 14, 2015

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says a Sarasota Herald-Tribune blogger “absolutely mischaracterizes” his concerns about open-carry, as the blogger and Florida Carry, the pro-gun lobby group, claim the sheriff would threaten to shoot concealed carriers.

“I’m Against It,” Sheriff Manfre Says of Open-Carry as Bill Picks Up Momentum

| December 11, 2015

Opponents of open-carry, including a number of Florida sheriffs, Flagler County’s Jim Manfre among them, warn that people who openly display guns could get hurt as a result, either by criminals or law enforcement.

Killed in House, Stand Your Ground Bill That Shifts Burden of Proof Lives Again in Senate

| December 3, 2015

A proposal that would shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law is poised to go to the full Senate.

Measure Allowing Guns on Florida College Campuses Heads for Likely House Passage

| November 19, 2015

But the fate of the NRA-supported gun measure, vehemently opposed by university officials, still hangs in the Senate, where passage is less certain.

In Rare Defeat for NRA in Florida, Lawmakers Kill Broader Stand Your Ground Measure

| November 17, 2015

A National Rifle Association-backed measure that could have made it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents failed to get through its first House committee on Tuesday.

17-Year-Old Girl Faces Felony Assault Charge For Pointing Toy Rifle at Belle Terre Drivers

| November 5, 2015

Matanzas High School student Noelle Tirado told cops she knew she and her friends would be pulled over. The toy rifle’s orange tip had been blacked out.

Campus Gun Bill Advances in House While Opponents Pitch More Police Funding

| November 4, 2015

If the aim of more guns is to prevent more rapes on campus, one opponent of the legislation said more police officers would provide better protection.

In Defeat for Florida Carry Inc., Court Upholds UF Policy Banning Guns in University Housing

| October 30, 2015

The appeals court rejected Florida Carry’s argument that the Legislature provided for gun possession in dorms as it does in homes. That leaves it up to lawmakers to change. There’s been movement in that direction.

Openly Displaying Handguns and Guns on Campus Bills Win Senate Panel Approval

| October 20, 2015

One of the Florida Senate committees also supported a measure that might make it easier for people to claim they have stood their ground in self-defense when shooting others.

NRA’ Misinformation, Mendacity and Victim-Blaming Take a Dive Into Rabbit Holes

| October 18, 2015

More guns do not lead to less crime. More guns lead to more crime, argues Julie Delegal, who sees NRA zealots misrepresented the facts on guns with junk science wrapped in blame-the-victim hysteria.

Floridians Say Overwhelming No to Guns On Campus, Big Yes to Medical Marijuana

| October 10, 2015

73 percent of Floridians oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Support for medical pot climbs.

John Thrasher on Campus Guns, FSU’s Alleged Inferiority and Marco Rubio’s Oats

| September 19, 2015

Florida State University President John Thrasher talks about Rubio trash-talking FSU, his opposition to guns on campus, academic freedom and having the time of his life.

Two Women Threaten To Shoot Boys, 13 and 15, Over Knock at the Door at Integra Woods

| September 18, 2015

Candance Ashley McCall, 28, and Letita Crimes, 33, confronted the boys while allegedly brandishing guns after a boy knocked on their door by mistake, then sough to confront them again at the boys’ apartment.

17-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder in July’s L-Section Shooting of Phillip Haire

| September 17, 2015

Zaire Roberts of 46 Pine Hill Lane in Palm Coast faces a 1st-degree attempted murder charge for the alleged shooting of Phillip J. Haire, 18 on Lewisdale Lane in late July.

Cocked Again, College-Campus Gun Bill Makes It Through First Two Legislative Hurdles

| September 16, 2015

The concealed-carry legislation won support from criminal-justice committees in the Florida House and Senate but is widely opposed by academic leaders.

Facing Lawsuit from Florida Carry, FSU Scraps Gun Ban in Cars on Football Game Day

| September 10, 2015

The changes to the school’s “Game Day Plan 2015” guide for fans won’t holster the legal challenge by Florida Carry Inc. as legislators again consider allowing concealed weapons on campus.

For Every US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, 13 Children Were Shot and Killed in America

| September 6, 2015

Between 2002 and 2012, at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.

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