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Miami Beach Commissioners Look to Challenge Florida’s Lax Gun Laws

September 9, 2019

Miami New Times,

Jessica Lipscomb,

September 5, 2019-

Despite the unfortunate distinction of having some of the most devastating mass shootings in the nation, Florida remains a fairly gun-friendly place. A state law passed in 2011 actually prohibits local governments from passing restrictions on firearms that are stricter than what’s allowed at the state level. Local officials who flout that law can be thrown out of office and personally fined up to $5,000 — a punishment that’s being challenged in court.

A Miami-Dade lawmaker hopes to change that. Last month, state Sen. Annette Taddeo introduced a bill that would repeal the preemption law and allow local governments to make their own decisions about gun restrictions. At a meeting next week, the Miami Beach City Commission will vote to back Taddeo’s bill in a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Micky Steinberg. “Harsh penalties imposed by [the state preemption law] have a chilling effect on the ability of local officials to adopt or even consider regulations that they believe are not preempted,” Steinberg’s resolution states.

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