August 8, 2019-
Miami-Dade County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Daniella Levine Cava is asking Attorney General Ashley Moody to reconsider her appeal of a ruling striking down part of the state’s gun preemption law. That law bars local officials from approving stricter gun control measures than the state has authorized. In 2011, state lawmakers added penalties — including fines and removal from office — for local officials who violated the preemption.
The preemption itself — which was approved in 1987 — still stands. But a Leon County-based circuit judge struck down the penalties in a late July ruling. That prompted an appeal from Moody. But following recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Levine Cava is asking Moody to change course and allow the ruling to stand. “The massacres our nation witnessed in El Paso and Dayton have been horrific and painful to digest,” Levine Cava’s letter to Moody reads. “I think you would agree that local leaders, those closest to the ground, should have the tools necessary to keep our communities safe and citizens protected. But as you know, we don’t.”