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Tallahassee Home Rule Case Gets Hearing Tuesday

American Planning Association

An appeals court judge Tuesday will consider whether a local rule prohibiting the use of guns in parks should stand. Florida law says local governments may not have stricter gun rules than the state. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum argues firearm regulation should be the purview of local governments.

“I think that most people whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or otherwise, would believe that when you elect your local mayors your local city commissioners, your local office holders, that you would expect that they would be able to make the laws that the deem necessary for the protection, the growth and the development of their cities,” Gillum

Gillum says that ability is being threatened by the legislation in the case, and he worries it could be further impacted by measures coming up in the legislative session. He’s using the case as a catalyst for a movement pushing for greater local control.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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