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In many states, gun-law proponents face uphill battle

April 27, 2018

The Press Herald,

Katie Zezima,

April 26, 2018-

After a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school left 17 people dead, the mayor of nearby Weston wanted to prohibit people from carrying guns in public buildings and parks – a move that could lead to him being kicked out of office and on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines and attorneys’ fees.

Florida law prohibits local municipalities from passing ordinances that regulate firearms or ammunition, and if one is passed that violates the state statute, it will be declared void. Elected or appointed officials involved in the drafting or passage of such local rules face fines of up to $5,000, will be unable to use a city attorney and could be held responsible for footing up to $100,000 of the legal bills for anyone who challenges the local rule in court. The governor is also given the power to kick them out of office.

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