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City Throws Its Weight Behind Local Gun Preemption Fight

City of Tallahassee

The Tallahassee city commission is joining a group of South Florida cities in a fight against a state gun preemption rule.

The state law prevents local governments from creating gun control rules that are more stringent than state law. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says that’s not all is does.

“Because we disagree with the people on the other side of this argument that they could actually fine us, hold us responsible for attorney’s fees us to 100-thousand dollars of the opposing party and ultimately remove us from officer for a difference of opinion on public policy,” Gillum says.

Gillum says that’s unconstitutional. The city has made that argument before. Gillum and other commissioners faced a recent lawsuit when they refused to repeal null gun regulations on the city’s books. The commissioners attempted to claim the law was unconstitutional at that point, but the court demurred, saying it was not an appropriate case to consider that question.

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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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