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Amendment Would Ban Gun Ranges in Some Residential Areas

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Apr 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-24 11:00:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Thanks to a compromise between the National Rifle Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association, backyard gun ranges and recreational shooting in dense residential areas in Florida could become illegal.

The Florida House on Thursday amended a bill on Agriculture and Consumer Services regulations to ban target shooting or celebratory gunfire in residential areas with a density of one home per acre or more. The Senate has already adopted a similar amendment.

A similar bill by Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg was introduced but died early in the legislative session. Backyard gun ranges caused controversy last year in the Tampa Bay area, including an incident in which a home was peppered with AK-47 fire.

Negotiations between the police chiefs and Florida NRA chief Marion Hammer revived the idea.

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4/23/2015 5:49:53 PM (GMT -4:00)