The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual report on the number of hate groups operating in the U.S.
The group found the number of anti-government "patriot" groups has reached an all-time high for the fourth year in a row.
Debates of gun control measures are cited as reasons patriot groups have taken off.
Right now, the SPLC said there are 1,360 patriot groups in the U.S.
Florida is home to 59 recognized hate groups, making it the third highest in the nation behind California and Texas.
We took a look locally to see which groups the SPLC says are operating in our area.
There are 9 groups in Jacksonville and Gainesville. In Jacksonville:
-American Third Position, which is considered a white nationalist group
-The Confederate Hammerskins, a racist skinhead group
-Council of Cconservative Citizens, another white nationalist group
-European-American Unity and Rights organization, also a white nationalist organization
-League of the South, Neo-confederate
-Nation of Islam, black separatist
-New black panther party, also black separatist
American College of Pediatricians, an anti-gay group
Dove World Outreach Center,classified as an general hate group.
Click here to see the list for yourself.
First Coast News