South Florida mayors fight anti-democratic ban on local gun restrictions | Fred Grimm

South Florida mayors fight anti-democratic ban on local gun restrictions | Fred Grimm

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South Florida mayors lead fight against anti-democratic ban on local gun restrictions, writes Sun Sentinel Columnist Fred Grimm.. (ABOVE) Hundreds of students from Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville and members of Moms Demand Action lined the fourth floor rotunda in Tallahassee holding the photos and names of those who have lost their lives to gun violence in Florida. (Tori Schneider / Tallahassee Democrat) Florida Statute 790.33 made it illegal for a city or county to adopt even the mildest gun ordinances. Instead, the Florida Legislature awarded itself exclusive control over the “whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof.” The Republican lawmakers who run the joint included penalty provisions that might have been cribbed from the Central Committee of the former Soviet Union. If defiant locals were to decide, for instance, that firearms had no place in a city park, state apparatchiks are empowered to emasculate the city or county bodies that committed such an apostasy. Mayors and commissioners can be yanked from office and fined $5,000 each. No public money can be spent on their legal defenses. No public money can be used to pay their fines. If some gunslinging chucklehead in the community thinks he was “adversely affected” by the offending city or county ordinance, he can sue and collect damages of up to $100,000, plus attorneys’ fees including “contingency fee multipliers.” Statute 790.33 passed in 2011, acceding to the wants of the all-powerful gun […]

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