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My take: Sarasota city manager learns a hard lesson about regulating firearms in Florida

June 22, 2016

The Gun Writer

June 20, 2016

by Lee Williams

The next time Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin decides to regulate firearms or write firearms policy, he should run his ideas by the city attorney first. It would certainly save a lot of time, energy and, most importantly, taxpayer dollars.

At the Sarasota City Commission hearing Monday night, before Barwin’s “assault weapon” ban resolution was even debated — before one member of the public had a chance to comment — Sarasota City Attorney Robert Fournier told the commission that Barwins’ proposal would likely violate Florida’s powerful preemption statute, which states that only the Florida legislature can regulate firearms.

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