In 1987, Florida passed a law disallowing cities and counties from pass gun laws that were more restrictive than state law. In 2011, Florida doubled down and added civil penalties and fines for officials in those cities and counties should they attempt to override state law.
But in 2018, many constituents agitated for increased gun safety laws. Subsequently, local officials sued to strike down the 2011 penalties.
On Thursday, January 19, 2023, the state won.
A Supreme Court decision
The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, rejected the local officials’ challenge.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody tweeted the ruling was a “big win” for 2nd Amendment rights.
More to come — constitutional carry laws
On another front in the gun rights vs. gun safety saga, there are 25 states in the union that allow residents to carry firearms without a permit. Proponents call this “constitutional carry.” Florida is not one of these states but appears poised to pass this sort of law when the legislature reconvenes on March 7.
Governor Ron DeSantis backs the push for permitless carry, and Republican state leaders say they’ve got the votes.
This would overturn a state law that’s been in place for more than 30 years.
Tensions abound throughout the country regarding gun safety vs. people’s right to arm themselves. The laws are continually changing. If you seek guidance or need representation in such a matter, experienced counsel can help navigate the complexities of the situation.