Statement on Florida Cities’ Lawsuit Against Gov. Scott On Gun Preemption

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Statement on Florida Cities’ Lawsuit Against Gov. Scott On Gun Preemption

Tallahassee, Fla. — Recently, ten cities in South Florida filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of Florida’s state preemption law on local firearms ordinances. Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are among defendants in the lawsuit.

The state law, known as punitive preemption or “super-preemption,” allows penalties against local mayors and councilmembers who vote for municipal gun ordinances; penalties include removal from office, a $5,000 personal fine, and lawsuits from special interest groups. 43 states have enacted some form of local firearms preemption — with lawsuits supported by the NRA — and more than a dozen states have, or are considering, super-preemption laws.

Michael Alfano, campaign manager for the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, made the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

“Florida’s super-preemption penalties that punish local officials for protecting communities from gun violence have existed for long enough. These preemption laws are a violation of the Constitution, they have a chilling effect on local democracy, and they allow special interests to threaten and silence local voices. We look forward to supporting this case through forthcoming amicus curiae briefs with other state and national partners, and we thank these courageous local officials for standing up to these abuses of power.”
As seen in The New York Times, the Washington PostUSA Today, NBC News, and Slate, the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions is a Florida-based national coalition of elected officials, organizations, and individuals from 43 states, fighting against state preemption of local communities.