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Florida Judge Strikes Down Fines for Municipalities Which Pass Gun Control

A judge in Tallahassee struck down a $5,000 fine that Florida mayors and city council members would be subject to if they try to pass gun control ordinances at the local level. The judge ruled that this penalty is excessive in its punishment of local entities who don’t comply with state regulations.

The Judge, Charles Dodson, also deemed a provision of the 2011 law unconstitutional.  This law allows Florida’s governor to remove local officials who overstep theirs bounds when trying to pass burdensome gun control.

Dodson supported the law’s original intent, which prohibits local ordinances that go beyond firearms laws passed by the Florida Legislature. The Leon County Circuit Court judge’s ruling strikes down the threat of civil fines and removal for passing local gun control that is already “preempted” by Florida state law.

Read the full story from Big League Politics

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