10 more cities join gun lawsuit against Florida

10 more cities join gun lawsuit against Florida

Ten South Florida cities; Weston, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Lauderhill, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miramar, Pinecrest, Pompano Beach and South Miami announced Monday afternoon their intent to sue the state because they want the power to regulate firearms locally. There has been a national conversation about guns after the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead and 17 wounded. Now, some cities want to undo a Florida law that prevents them from passing local gun-control laws. Fort Lauderale and Boca Raton are among 10 Florida cities that have joined a lawsuit against the state, seeking the power to regulate firearms. The cities want the right to make stricter laws, following the Parkland school massacre, said Jamie Cole, Weston ’s city attorney, who has led the charge. Now, for example, guns are prohibited in city chambers, but governments don’t have the right to ban them from the lobby of city halls or public parks. On Feb. 14 in Parkland, gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. And in 2016 in Orlando, gunman Omar Mateen carried out the Pulse nightclub massacre, killing 49 people and leaving dozens more wounded. “With the Parkland incident, the Pulse incident, you’ve got residents thoughout the state of Florida who are very unhappy and they want the cities to have stricter rules,” Cole said. The cities are challenging a 2011 state statute, which was backed by the gun lobby, that outlines penalties for elected officials who […]

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