Buddy Dyer, the Mayor of Orlando, wants to declare all of downtown Orlando to be a “gun free zone” but is upset that he cannot do so, thanks to the state’s preemption law.

Dyer said there will be access checkpoints on Friday and Saturday evenings downtown to limit how people can enter the downtown area. The city said patrons will have to go through metal detectors and a weapons check at these checkpoints before walking into the access areas.

I believe that this zone is a clear violation of Florida’s preemption law. What’s more is that violating this law places Orlando and any of its officials at risk of a lawsuit. Even more, since the quote in this news article shows that the mayor knew it was illegal to do so, he becomes liable to any taxpayer whose rights are violated.

If any county, city, town, or other local government violates this section, the court shall declare the improper ordinance, regulation, or rule invalid and issue a permanent injunction against the local government prohibiting it from enforcing such ordinance, regulation, or rule. It is no defense that in enacting the ordinance, regulation, or rule the local government was acting in good faith or upon advice of counsel.
 If the court determines that a violation was knowing and willful, the court shall assess a civil fine of up to $5,000 against the elected or appointed local government official or officials or administrative agency head under whose jurisdiction the violation occurred.

So my question here is this: Are there any pro gun organizations who are willing to take this on?


Skeptic · August 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

If he wants to fix the violence problem, make it a black free zone instead.

Day Early Dollar Extra · August 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

Remember when we mocked places with papers please comrade restrictions?
Good times.
How about a grooming free zone there good Buddy.

chiefjaybob · August 2, 2022 at 9:24 pm

Heh. I first read this as “Buddy Dwyer.” Juxtaposed with “gun control” made this appear to be a very incongruous headline. I need to drink less. Or more. I don’t know.

Miguel GFZ · August 3, 2022 at 4:56 am

When the first cop gets fined $5,000 for violating Florida law and realized it has to come out of his pocket, there will be a sudden bout of Blue Flu.

SCS · August 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

The Republican convention was held in Tampa (2012). The Mayor at the time (Buckhorn) wanted to ban all CWL – concealed weapons licencees from affirming their rights in a rather wide exclusion zone in the downtown area.
Gov. Rick Scott to his credit, promptly and figuratively told the mayor to go pound sand.

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