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Weston to File Lawsuit Over State Statute Blocking Local Government Firearm Regulation

March 5, 2018

NBC Miami,

February 26, 2018-

Weston’s City Commission on Monday voted to authorize its city attorney to file a lawsuit over a Florida statute that would punish elected officials if they enacted firearms and ammunition regulation. The decision by the Weston City Commission comes after the Parkland school shooting tragedy in which 17 people, mostly teenagers, were shot dead by a gunman.

The resolution authorizes and directs the attorney to “file a lawsuit seeking a declaration that the provisions punishing elected officials set for in Section 790.33, Florida Statutes, for violating the preemption related to the regulation of firearms and ammunition are invalid.” As the statute dictates, local politicians who enact and enforce firearms or ammunition’s regulations face punishment, which as removal from office. Weston’s resolution invites other local governments to join the lawsuit. The Preemption of Section 790.33 declares that unless firearms or ammunition regulation is passed through Florida’s Constitution or through its legislature, all other laws, such as those passed by city governments, are “hereby declared null and void.”

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