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4/11/2018 Member News

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to Join Lawsuit Against Governor Rick Scott

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to Join Lawsuit Against Governor Rick Scott

Today, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced he would join with ten other Florida cities and mayors in a lawsuit filed against Governor Rick Scott seeking the power to regulate firearms locally. Currently, mayors and other local leaders are preempted by the state from passing firearm regulations. Penalties include a $5,000 fine and removal from office.

Weston v Scott argues that the current law oversteps restrictions on a governor’s limited ability to remove a local elected official from office. The suit also claims the current law infringes on the free speech rights of elected officials and interferes with their ability to perform their official duties without fear of legal penalties.

Said Mayor Kriseman: “I served in the Florida House of Representatives when Governor Scott and legislative leaders decided to overstep their authority and use fear and intimidation as a tactic to preserve the NRA’s agenda. I am proud to join this suit and look forward to the end of state interference in local government.”

Other cities in the suit include: Weston, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Miami Gardens, South Miami, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

Mayor Kriseman will be available to answer questions from the media at 11:00 AM today at City Hall located at 175 5th Street North.

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Mayor Rick Kriseman
Contact: Benjamin J. Kirby, Communications Director
727-893-7882 or 727-501-4837 (cell)