South Florida cities to sue the state over local gun law penalties

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Close to a dozen South Florida cities are planning to sue Governor Rick Scott and other state officials to invalidate penalties taken against officials who try to enact laws on firearms.

Current laws allow for elected officials who pass gun laws to be removed from office by the governor, fined up to $5,000 and sued.

Ten cities are currently suing, including Weston, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Miami Gardens, South Miami, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

People all over the country are calling for change and gun reform legislation. Current laws do not allow for any real type of change. It keeps officials stagnant because they are afraid to act or they may be sued, fined, and even fired.

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, Coral Gables leaders passed a ban on military style assault weapons. Just a month later, the commissioners rescinded that measure. They claim their reasoning stems from the financial penalties and the potential for law suits against the city.

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