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FL: Gun-range bill passes, heads to governor for signature
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Backyard gun ranges in residential communities make little sense, state lawmakers have agreed.
A measure to ban shooting ranges in areas "primarily residential in nature" passed both houses of the Florida Legislature on unanimous votes last week.
"That will take care of issues like we saw on Big Pine Key," state Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), a co-sponsor of the bill, said Friday.
In 2014, national news organizations and "The Colbert Report," a popular satirical news program, focused on Big Pine Key. There, resident Doug Varrieur erected a shooting range in a residential subdivision for his weekly hour of target practice.
|A PR coup' only, as nothing really changed. The section the news has not reported is below:
This prohibition does not apply:
790.15 (4)(b) " If, under the circumstances, the discharge does not pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property;
There are no standards - it is a judgement call just as in the current law.