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Florida Forces Towns to Pull Local Laws Limiting Guns ('No Guns Allowed' signs coming down)
NY Times ^ | 9/10/11 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ

Posted on 09/12/2011 5:49:26 AM PDT by Libloather

Florida Forces Towns to Pull Local Laws Limiting Guns
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
Published: September 10, 2011

MIAMI — The signs — “No Guns Allowed” — are being stripped from many Florida government buildings, libraries and airports. And local ordinances that bar people from shooting weapons in their yards, firing up into the air (think New Year’s Eve) or taking guns into parks are coming off the books.

The state has spoken, again, on the matter of guns, and this time it does not want to be ignored: since 1987, local governments in Florida have been banned from creating and enforcing their own gun ordinances. Few cities and counties paid attention, though, believing that places like Miami might need to be more restrictive than others, like rural Apalachicola, for example.

But this year the Legislature passed a new law that imposes fines on counties and municipalities that do not do away with and stop enforcing their own firearms and ammunition ordinances by Oct. 1. Mayors and council and commission members will risk a $5,000 fine and removal from office if they “knowingly and willfully violate” the law. Towns that enforce their ordinances risk a $100,000 fine.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; florida; guns; laws
How about that.
1 posted on 09/12/2011 5:49:37 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Love my state here. Moved to Florida 5 years ago. We may have the best governor in the country, Rick Scott.


2 posted on 09/12/2011 5:51:59 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Libloather

Love it!


3 posted on 09/12/2011 5:53:33 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Oh my God! Blood in the streets!

No wonder Rick Scott's rating are in the tank!

< /leftmedia_rant>


4 posted on 09/12/2011 6:14:11 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Libloather

Firing into the air to celebrate should remain illegal, imo.


5 posted on 09/12/2011 6:14:39 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Libloather

The fines should be paid straight to the gun-owner/carrier that is “inconvenienced”.


6 posted on 09/12/2011 6:14:43 AM PDT by moovova
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To: ltc8k6

It is the NYT is lying. Surprise.


7 posted on 09/12/2011 6:27:51 AM PDT by therut
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To: Joe Brower
Blood in the streets!

Good time to get a gun - eh?

8 posted on 09/12/2011 6:28:57 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: ltc8k6

That posting would probably be considered “racist” and “Islamophobic” by a leftist.


9 posted on 09/12/2011 6:32:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ltc8k6

“Firing into the air to celebrate should remain illegal, imo.”

Not unless you can do it safely...and I can’t think of a way to do it safely, so it does remain illegal.

The fact that they revoked a town’s law against it does not mean that people can do it at will.


10 posted on 09/12/2011 6:35:02 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
11 posted on 09/12/2011 6:36:19 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: ltc8k6
Firing into the air to celebrate should remain illegal, imo.

It is on the state level. Whar Florida is doing is knocking out local laws that are in conflict with state law.

12 posted on 09/12/2011 6:38:13 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: ltc8k6
"Firing into the air to celebrate should remain illegal, imo."

I'm guessing there remains a state law for reckless endangerment or some other applicable statute(s) that would apply. This just gets eliminates the need for citizens of the state to have to learn a complete new set of laws and regulations every time they leave their hometown.

Certainly I'm not advocating randomly firing weapons into the air, but even that is probably, in the long run, less dangerous than allowing local governments to run slipshod over the state legislature.

13 posted on 09/12/2011 6:40:10 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe Brower
Yet another reason that people from NY, NJ, MA, MD, and IL should NOT move to Florida. People have scary guns in Florida. Most people who live in the aforementioned police states know that only the police should have guns. SO< stay where you are and stay safe helpless.
14 posted on 09/12/2011 6:55:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Libloather

Woo Hoo! Love my State!


15 posted on 09/12/2011 6:58:47 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: ltc8k6

There will still be sufficient common sense laws to prohibit irresponsible use of firearms.


16 posted on 09/12/2011 7:02:07 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ltc8k6
DUH. I would only add to that . . . unless the person sticks his head over the muzzle before doing so.

That way he can celebrate and solve the problem of what to do with the moron at the same time. :)
17 posted on 09/12/2011 7:09:19 AM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: ltc8k6

Why would anyone want to? Fireworks are easy to obtain in this State, and MUCH cheaper than ammunition these days.


18 posted on 09/12/2011 7:10:16 AM PDT by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: Libloather
The NYT must take a beating with the comments. I'm finding fewer and fewer articles where one can comment.
19 posted on 09/12/2011 7:20:01 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Islam is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: ltc8k6
Firing into the air to celebrate should remain illegal, imo.

I agree, but there's nothing that would make doing so more dangerous in Miami than in Orlando, so this law, which just says the state is in charge of gun laws, can handle that just fine. There's probably still a statewide law in place about firing into the air.

20 posted on 09/12/2011 7:46:36 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Libloather

WOOHOO!!!!!


21 posted on 09/12/2011 7:50:02 AM PDT by mojitojoe (WH says potus didn’t feel the earthquake. No worries. Another is scheduled for November 2012)
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To: Libloather

“It also runs counter to the Republican principle that local control is best.”

LOL!

Probably the first time in the history of The Slimes that it has advocated local control for anything, and in particular local control being lauded as a Republican virtue. Bet they wouldn’t be advocating local control over, say, whether local residents could legally refuse to pay state income, sales or gas tax, set their own traffic laws, etc.!


22 posted on 09/12/2011 8:33:32 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: W. W. SMITH

“The NYT must take a beating with the comments. I’m finding fewer and fewer articles where one can comment.”

Oh, they do indeed take a beating in the comments. Most of their nonsense gets totally dismantled when comments are allowed. So, yeah, they’re having to shut down the free exchange of ideas on their website in order to perpetuate their propaganda in an unmitigated fashion.

But in the long run, that’s a good thing because many people like myslef just move along to websites that DO allow a free exchange of opinion, which in fact most other reporting sites allow. I know that I for one refuse to waste much time on a site like The Slimes that disallows comments. So this means fewer and fewer people find The Slimes a welcoming site and therefore avoid it.


23 posted on 09/12/2011 8:39:57 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: George from New England

Great turnaround since the years before when they were really restrictive.


24 posted on 09/12/2011 8:49:18 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Libloather
I do love the fact that I'm born and raised in the Gunshine state! Of course prior to 1987, we were like most other Dem controlled southern states and basically antigun. Still, when I retire in a few years, I'm going to miss our gun friendly legislature -- I can only hope that the state of North Carolina will have caught up to Florida by then. Especially when it pertains to carrying a firearm in places that charge admission, like movie theaters. Otherwise "ON DEMAND" is going to get a lot of business from my family! How about it, all y'all North Carolinians out there, are things shaping up on the 2nd Amendment and pro ccw laws in your state?
25 posted on 09/12/2011 4:17:49 PM PDT by ExSoldier ("Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: It has no point.")
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To: ExSoldier

I too am a Florida native. In fact my family on both sides has been here since at least the 1700s. You are right, at one time Florida was not a particularly gun friendly state at all. Not as bad as some but by no means gun friendly.

I think it actually goes back to the late 1800’s. Most of those laws were never intended to be enforced except against Blacks.

I do recall asking a State Trooper about carrying a gun in my car. He said it was legal if it was not immediately available and just having it covered was sufficient. He also said if he saw a motorist carrying a gun illegally, and they were not behaving in an otherwise unlawful manner, he would simply tell them how to carry it properly in the vehicle.


26 posted on 09/12/2011 4:44:51 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: from occupied ga

YES! PLEASE STAY WHERE YOU ARE!

UNLESS (In this context): 1. You are an Oathkeeper; 2. You are a Conservative; 3. You support the 2nd Amendment.


27 posted on 09/14/2011 10:33:05 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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