Boynton Beach passes gun resolution to pressure lawmakers

Posted: 10:42 PM, Mar 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-07 04:17:06-05

Boynton Beach joined several local cities in passing a symbolic resolution on gun control, after the massacre in Parkland last month. 

If Boynton Beach Mayor Steven B. Grant or the commissioners changed any gun laws, they could be fined and lose their position. 

The power to regulate guns rests with the state and federal government.

“That’s why we are moving forward to help the state and put pressure on them enact gun regulations that will be for the safety of the public,” Grant said in an interview. 

The resolution, which passed unopposed, calls for expanding background checks, banning assault style weapons, and raising the age limit to 21 to buy guns. 

“This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened when I’ve been in office. Because of the Pulse Nightclub (shooting), we wanted to do something but we were told you can’t as a municipal board,” Grant said. 

Mayor Grant will be headed to Washington DC this weekend with the National League of Cities to lobby the feds to reinstate the 1994 law that banned military grade rifles.