Florida has a state law that bans cities, communities or counties from passing their own gun-control laws that go beyond those at the state level. If they do, they could face stiff fines and their elected officials could be charged with a crime and sent to jail.
In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 10 Florida cities have joined together in filing a lawsuit against the state. They are challenging the state law n order so they can pass their own unfair and ultra-strict gun ordinances without being penalized by the state.
(Sun Sentinel) – Ten South Florida cities sued the state Monday, seeking the power to regulate firearms locally without paying fines or losing elected officials.
There has been a national conversation about guns after the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 students and staff and wounded 17 more. Now, some cities want to undo a Florida law that prevents them from passing local gun-control laws.
They’re challenging a 2011 state statute, backed by the gun lobby, that outlines penalties for elected officials who try to enact local gun laws, including a $5,000 fine and the prospect of being removed from office.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the rules “let everyone in the state of Florida know the NRA can get what it wants.”
The main reason Florida and some other states have passed this kind of law was to standardize gun laws throughout the state so that people would not get into serious legal trouble just by crossing a city limit or county line, where they were legal to begin with but not in the next city or county.