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Broward and Boca Raton ready to sue state over gun law

April 12, 2018

Sun-Sentinel,

Larry Barszewski,

April 10, 2018-

Broward County commissioners decided Tuesday to sue Florida over a 2011 law that prohibits local governments from enacting their own gun laws — and imposes severe penalties on elected officials who try. Commissioners say they need the change so the county can pass laws that protect “the health, safety and welfare of its residents and visitors.” The planned county suit is separate from one filed a week ago by 10 South Florida cities, who are also seeking the power to regulate firearms locally without paying fines or having their elected officials removed from office. The cities are Weston, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Lauderhill, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miramar, the village of Pinecrest, Pompano Beach and South Miami.

Their suit was being served this week to Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state officials, said Jamie Cole, an attorney for Weston and other cities. Meanwhile, three other Broward cities have since stepped forward to challenge the state law. Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pembroke Pines filed suit Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

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