A judge in Tallahassee struck down a $5,000 fine that Florida mayors and city council members would be subject to if they try to pass gun control ordinances at the local level. The judge ruled that this penalty is excessive in its punishment of local entities who don’t comply with state regulations.
The Judge, Charles Dodson, also deemed a provision of the 2011 law unconstitutional. This law allows Florida’s governor to remove local officials who overstep theirs bounds when trying to pass burdensome gun control.
Dodson supported the law’s original intent, which prohibits local ordinances that go beyond firearms laws passed by the Florida Legislature. The Leon County Circuit Court judge’s ruling strikes down the threat of civil fines and removal for passing local gun control that is already “preempted” by Florida state law.
The recent ruling in the case of Weston versus DeSantis is likely the start of the legal fight. The administration of Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to file an appeal against the decision in a higher court. But now that this legislation is no longer an obstacle for municipalities, local governments have more flexibility in passing gun control that tests the limits of Florida’s preemption laws.
Jamie Cole, the lawyer representing Weston and 19 other cities filing a lawsuit against Florida, said, “It gives cities the ability to pass legislation that tests the boundaries of preemption, without fear of being thrown out of office or penalized.”
Sean Caranna, a member of Florida Carry’s board, said he was optimistic that the fine would be restored by a higher court, because it’s natural to link penalties to illegal behavior. He said, “It’s the same reason you have a monetary value attached to a speeding ticket. It discourages people from violating the law.”
Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democrat who lost to DeSantis this past November, was one of the original plaintiffs in the suit as the mayor of Tallahassee in April when the litigation first started. “Thanks to this ruling, local leaders can now lead on ending gun violence without the fear of fines, personal liability, or removal from office,” Gillum tweeted.
Since the Parkland shooting of 2018, Florida has become a battleground for gun control policy.
Pro-gun activists will have to be ready to go the extra mile. Should Florida fall, the floodgates are open for future gun control encroachments in Florida and other red states.
Federal Government Threatens to Defund Connecticut School Districts for Allowing Males to Compete in Female Sports
In a “letter of impending enforcement action” released on May 28, 2020, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights declared that The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference violated Title IX by “permitting the participation of certain male student-athletes” in girls’ track events at several school districts.
The federal investigation was kicked off last summer and were the result of the Alliance Defending Freedom filing a complaint on behalf three female students. The Justice Department took sides with female students during the past month.
The biological females sustained that the “Transgender Participation” policy, which was first enacted seven years ago, were stripped of their rights under Title IX by allowing “boys who are male in every biological and physiological respect” compete in their sports, provided that they “claim a female gender identity.”
The CIAC policy started to yield troubling results when two biological males who identified as girls began dominating girls’ track meets. This policy is less stringent than the NCAA’s transgender policy, which mandates males to take testosterone-suppressing hormones for at least a year before participating in female sports competitions.
Three school districts violated Title IX by also participating in CIAC athletic events. “Glastonbury, Canton, and Danbury placed female student-athletes in athletic events against male student-athletes, resulting in competitive disadvantages for female student-athletes,” federal officials stated.
The athletic events in which the female student-athletes competed were coeducational; female student-athletes were denied the opportunity to compete in events that were exclusively female, whereas male student-athletes were able to compete in events that were exclusively male.
On top of that, three other districts – Hartford, Bloomfield and Cromwell – violated Title IX by allowing two biological males, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, compete on female teams per CIAC policy. According to the OCR, the conference and six districts “treated student-athletes differently based on sex.”
According to Greg Piper of the College Fix, “The letter uses pseudonyms for the students but all have been previously named. The girls filed a related lawsuit in February under their real names: Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell and Selina Soule.”
The conference and six districts rejected “resolution agreements” with OCR, prompting the office to issue them “letters of impasse” on March 17. These are basically warning letters. The office initially gave them 10 days to comply. They then extended the deadline by an additional 30 days as a result of “their COVID-19-related duties and responsibilities.”
At the moment, OCR will either “initiate administrative proceedings” to block federal funding for the conference and districts or hand the cases over to the Justice Department in order for it to enforce federal law.
It’s good to see athletes finally get justice.
Thanks to the Left grabbing control of so many American institutions, Americans are subjected to a wide array of politically correct experiments.
This is a solid victory which should be built upon by the Trump administration and members of Congress.
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