New Gun Law Has Local Officials Scrambling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Local officials across Florida are scrambling to repeal gun control ordinances, including bans on firearms in parks, buildings and other public places.

If they don’t, they could be fined up to $5,000 and turned out of office under a new state law.

It’s one of 29 new Florida laws that become effective Saturday.

Another will make it more difficult for juvenile girls seeking abortions to get waivers from the state’s parental notification requirement.

Others are aimed at curtailing medical malpractice lawsuits and will outlaw sex with animals.

The gun law imposes penalties for violating a 1987 statute that pre-empted local gun and ammunition control ordinances in favor of state laws that are less restrictive in most cases.

Many local governments had ignored the pre-emption law until now.

Source: Associated Press