Bill to preempt unwritten local gun rules gets panel’s nod

Bill to preempt unwritten local gun rules gets panel’s nod

The state already preempts local gun ordinances if they are more strict than state law. A bill to prevent local governments from creating their own unwritten gun policies is on to its final House panel. The House Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee voted 10-5 to approve Rep. Cord Byrd ‘s bill ( HB 1409 ) clarifying the state’s preemption over local firearm and ammunition laws. State law expressly prohibits a local government from creating an “ordinance, regulation, measure, directive, rule, enactment, order or policy” relating to guns that is more restrictive than state law. Byrd, a Neptune Beach Republican, says that already includes unwritten rules. “That is already the state of the current law, that it is an unwritten or written policy,” Byrd said. “That’s why this body chose eight synonyms when it enacted the statute to make sure that local governments understood that it didn’t matter what type of policy they passed regulating firearms, it would violate the law,” Byrd said. Last week, a sharply divided three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal sided with the gun-rights group Florida Carry over Broward County, which in 2014 created ordinances to prevent people from carrying weapons at airports and in taxis. In an opinion, Chief Judge Spencer Levine said the ban on “weapons” included guns. “That is the type of nonsense that the local governments are continuing to engage in at taxpayer expense to clearly regulate what the state preempts,” Byrd said. By clearly defining the state’s […]

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