Florida gun law may face challenges from several counties

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The state says it is against the law to fire a gun across a paved road. But state law says nothing about unpaved roads. And you can't shoot at something in a state park...but the law says nothing about local parks. So many local governments closed those loopholes.

But come October first, every one of them will be illegal. A new state law makes it a crime for local officials to keep more stringent gun laws on the books.

"We can be removed from office, we can be fined, or technically, we could be put in jail," said Leon County Commissioner John Dailey.

State supremacy on guns was already the law... but many local governments believe home rule gave them authority when something was silent at the state level,

"I think it was a complete over stepping by the legislature of the basic concepts in the 1968 Constitution of home rule," said Leon County Attorney Herb Thiele.

But now, nobody wants to risk getting thrown out of office or being fined or worse. Every local government is being told to review their law books.

The legislation was a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

"And if they want to break the law, then they should pay like everybody else. They are not above the law," said Marion Hammer with the Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

Several counties including Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Orange are expected to challenge the new restrictions in court.

 

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