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Senator Taddeo, District 40 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2019

CONTACT: Valentina Cortes Guerrero, 2027142941


SENATOR TADDEO AND REP. DALEY FILE LEGISLATION TO REPEAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL NRA BACKED GUN REGULATION RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

MIAMI —

MIAMI, FL On Wednesday, State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) filled bill SB 134 to repeal the NRA backed restrictions on local governments to enact gun regulations. State Representative Dan Daley (D-Coral Springs) has filed the companion bill in the House. This bill repeals Section 790.33, Florida Statutes, which preempted local gun regulations, and would subject local elected officials to fines, removal from office, and lawsuits for enacting regulations on guns within their communities.

 “We need to repeal this preemption law enacted in 1987 that circumvents the will of the people to have elected officials pass common sense gun laws in their communities,” said Senator Taddeo.

Although these extreme restrictions have existed one way or another in the law since 1987, last month a court ruled that the penalties against of local government officials for performing their duties was unconstitutional.  The Court held that this NRA backed law that prevented local government officials, under threat of fines and removal from office, from passing any gun control measures to be unconstitutional. 

“In the wake of the shooting at my alma mater, Stoneman Douglas High School, I joined with fellow local elected officials to bring the lawsuit to overturn the draconian and unconstitutional punitive provisions. This NRA-backed law was wrong when it was passed in 1987 and is wrong today. That's why I'm proud to sponsor this legislation alongside Senator Taddeo.

Since 2011, local elected officials, those who know their community best, have been prevented from doing what their residents demand. Gun violence is an epidemic that the entire nation is being subjected to and all levels of government should have a seat at the solution table.” said Representative Daley.

I know the Attorney General has filed a notice of appeal and will attempt to use the court system to attempt to thwart the ruling and go against people’s will, but I will not give up on this.  These are the battles that will show us who they really are,” added Senator Taddeo.