Florida Five: National Guard Armory receives bomb threat, Gun shop declared a ‘Muslim-free zone’

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Bomb threat shuts down Florida National Guard Armory – As if members of the U.S. military stationed on home soil don’t have enough to focus on, a National Guard Armory in Tallahassee, Fla., was shut down Tuesday due to a bomb threat. According to police, a man wearing camouflage and possibly carrying a gun approached another man, asking if he had a phone, according to CBS affiliate WCTV. Read more

Florida gun store owner declares shop a ‘Muslim-free zone,’ DOJ vows to investigate – A Florida gun store owner says he has the right to deny firearms to anyone he sees as a threat, and has decided to ban Muslims from his store in response to the shootings at Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Andy Hallinan declared Florida Gun Supply in Inverness a “Muslim-free zone” in a video posted online Saturday. Read more

Group proposes amendment to open Florida’s primaries to all voters – Armed with data showing that the fastest growing segment of Florida’s electorate is choosing no party affiliation, a bipartisan group of activists is pushing for a constitutional amendment to open Florida’s closed primary system to all voters. The All Voters Vote amendment will be delivered Wednesday to the Florida Division of Elections with the hope of getting enough signatures to place it on the 2016 ballot. Read more

Florida donors open wallets for Clinton, Bush, Rubio – Florida’s presidential primary is nine months away, but the state’s influential donors are already speaking with their wallets. So far the news is better for Jeb Bush than for Marco Rubio in the Republican money race between home-state heavyweights — but it’s even better for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Read more

Florida Insider Poll: David Jolly, Gwen Graham top picks for U.S. Senate race – The strongest Democratic and Republican candidates for Florida’s U.S. Senate race are a couple of congressional rookies who have yet to finish a full term in the U.S. House. That, at least, is the conventional wisdom underscored in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll. Read more

ICYMI (while we were on vacation):

Charlie Crist plans to run for Congress

Legislature sets mid-August for redistricting special session

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