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Florida cities sue state officials over gun regulations law

Posted: 7:39 AM, Apr 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-03 11:39:43Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Elected officials from 10 Florida cities are suing state officials over a law that prohibits local governments from enacting their own gun regulations.

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The lawsuit filed Monday in Leon County Circuit Court against Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and others says the law is invalid and unconstitutional.

A state law to pre-empt local gun regulations was passed in 1987, but changes made in 2011 threatened local officials with removal from office and fines of up to $5,000.

The participating cities are Weston, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Miami Gardens, South Miami, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Miami Beach and Coral Gables. It comes after a South Florida school shooting in February that killed 17 people.

A Scott spokesman says they're reviewing the lawsuit. A Bondi spokesman says they haven't received it yet.