Gun-slinging Florida lawmakers let firearm massacres fade from memory | Fred Grimm

Gun-slinging Florida lawmakers let firearm massacres fade from memory | Fred Grimm

Ignoring Florida’s recent mass shootings, state legislators have got lots of gun rights bills — like love letters to the NRA — percolating in Tallahassee, writes Sun Sentinel Columnist Fred Grimm. (Steve Cannon / AP) HB 183 would allow elected members of city and county commissions and school board members to pack heat during their meetings. Juxtapose that scenario against the acrimonious history of the Hallandale Beach Commission, long riven by internecine feuds, sniping, plots, outbursts of hostility. Consider that notorious meeting when an angry commissioner wrested the gavel from the grip of his avowed enemy, the mayor, and hammered the dais. Imagine, instead of a gavel — a Colt .38 special. And there’s the famously rancorous commission chamber at Miami City Hall — Exhibit One in the brief against HB 183. Plenty of antagonists are lurking about the place; none scarier than Miami City Commissioner (and former mayor) Joe Carollo, known thereabouts as Crazy Joe, a combative, disruptive, perpetually angry, pol once investigated for driving around town with an Uzi in his car. Carollo, who enhanced his rep by getting into a physical tussle with a fellow commissioner behind the dais, has sustained a nasty feud across two generations with former Mayor Xavier Suarez and his son, present-day Mayor Francis Suarez. Miami (especially the Suarez family) doesn’t relish the notion of Crazy Joe attending commission meetings with an Uzi or any other firearm. The bill supposes that elected officials, while slogging through endless agendas, need personal firearms to […]

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