Orlando, Maitland officially join gun lawsuit against Florida

Orlando, Maitland officially join gun lawsuit against Florida

Orlando and Maitland have joined a lawsuit seeking authority to regulate firearms. (AP photo) Orlando and Maitland — and eight other Florida cities — officially joined a lawsuit this week against the state that seeks the power to regulate firearms. They’re challenging a 2011 state statute, backed by the gun lobby, that outlines penalties for elected officials who try to enact local gun laws. That includes a $5,000 fine for elected officials, being removed from office, and the city left on the hook for lawsuits from gun owners. Tuesday’s court action came on the heels of a 6-1 Orlando City Council vote April 16 to sign onto the suit. Maitland City Council members voted unanimously to do the same April 23. “The intent of the penalities — which are unprecedented — is to chill local officials for taking any measures, even reasonable … measures,” said Jamie Cole, Weston ’s city attorney, who has led the charge. “By having these onerous penalties, cities [are] scared to do anything.” Other villages and towns that joined the lawsuit this week are Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Surfside, Tallahassee, North Miami, Gainesville, St. Petersburg and Key Biscayne. That brings the total of cities to 20. The original 10 — Weston, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Pinecrest, Lauderhill, Miami Gardens, South Miami, Cutler Bay, Miami Beach and Coral Gables — filed the lawsuit in April. The suit also names the governor and the attorney general. Cole said cities want the right to make stricter laws, following the […]

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