Rather than admit that the Broward County Sheriff’s Department screwed up and so did the Broward County School District by entering into an agreement with the sheriff’s department not to arrest so many young people, so that the kid would be in school so the school gets more federal money, the county is now looking into the legality of what they can do to create and enforce their own regulations on firearms and ammunition.
The thing is, Florida has a state law that punishes elected officials if they try to enact their own gun laws, so the county has instructed the county attorney to look into filing a lawsuit challenging the state law in hopes of overturning it.
(Miami Herald) – The Broward County Commission on Tuesday wants to explore whether it can regulate firearms and ammunition on the county level after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed 17 people, including 14 students and three faculty members.
Broward Vice Mayor Mark Dogen sponsored the agenda item, which calls for the county attorney to “analyze the limitations on local government regulation of firearms and ammunition for areas of possible action by the Board,’’ according to the agenda of the Tuesday commission meeting.
But enacting gun laws at the local level may not be possible.
In the 1980s, the state of Florida banned cities and counties from imposing their own gun control rules. In 2011, the Republican-led Legislature upped the ante, passing a law that says mayors and council and commission members who try to enforce stricter firearm regulations than the state’s will be fined $5,000...
I understand that they feel a need to so something, but to act hastily out of raw emotion is the wrong way to approach anything, especially when dealing with such an important constitutional issue. They need to take a deep breath and look at the facts, which clearly show that the best way to prevent shootings is to have armed personnel INSIDE the school, not standing outside.