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Second Amendment Advocacy Groups Sue Tallahassee Over Gun Restrictions

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The city of Tallahassee is being sued for not repealing its gun ordinances. Second Amendment advocates are asking a judge to force the city to bring its gun restrictions in line with state law.

The Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation and Florida Carry filed the suit in Leon County Circuit Court last month.

Lawyer for the groups Lesley McKinney says the action resulted from a February City Commission meeting at which Mayor John Marks and other commissioners chose to delay a vote on repealing local ordinances.

“Only the Legislature can make laws regarding who can carry guns in the state, where firearms can be possessed, things like that," she says. 

She says the groups take issue with Tallahassee ordinances prohibiting people from shooting guns in city parks and other urban areas. The suit names the city, Mayor Marks and three city commissioners the groups say are willfully violating state law.

McKinney says the advocates hope the court will strike down the ordinances.