Will Florida Midterms Be Impacted by Battle Over Guns?

Will Florida Midterms Be Impacted by Battle Over Guns?

Two issues bring more emotion and divide to this country like no others. Abortion and the Second Amendment remain among the nation’s greatest “wedge issues”—and both continue to fuel division. President Joe Biden’s calls for gun control, and his now withdrawn nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), have only intensified the debate. However, the legal case that the Florida Supreme Court will soon hear could truly impact next year’s midterm election in the Sunshine State. At the center of the issue is a challenge to a 2011 gun law that was recently expanded by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Politics and gun policy have long been intertwined in Florida, a state where the National Rifle Association (NRA) has held huge political sway over the GOP majorities that pass pro-gun bills over Democrats, who have relied on courts to stop what they could not,” Politico.com reported this week. Preemptive Blocks to Gun Control In 1987, the Florida Preemption Law was passed, and it essentially prevented local governments from passing more restrictive gun control laws than those passed by the state Legislature. “This law ensures that lawful gun owners are not caught by surprise by local draconian ordinances that severely curtail their rights when they cross the street and happen to leave one municipality or city and enter a different one,” explained the Law Offices of Katz & Phillips, P.A. via a blog post. The law was further strengthened in 2011, as the Republican-controlled […]

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