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Bill Withdrawn That Would Have Allowed Pinellas County to Opt-Out of Florida’s Firearms Preemption Law

Friday, October 28, 2011

Yesterday, state Representative Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg) withdrew Local Bill 06, which would have attempted to get legislative approval to allow voters of Pinellas County to decide whether or not the county should abide by the state’s firearm preemption law.  In effect, Rep. Kriseman wanted to find a way to allow Pinellas County to break the law without being punished.

Florida’s firearm preemption law has been in effect for twenty-four years.  This law gives the Florida Legislature the sole authority to regulate firearms by preventing local governments from regulating your constitutional right to own, possess and lawfully use firearms.  It puts a stop to the confusing patchwork of conflicting local firearm laws across the state, keeping law-abiding gun owners from becoming criminals while traveling throughout Florida. 

On October 1, a new state law took effect that provides penalties for local governments and government officials who willfully and knowingly violate state law.

Thank you to all NRA members who contacted Pinellas County officials about this proposed infringement of your Second Amendment rights.  Your voice truly made the difference!

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