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Florida Judge Strikes Down Fines for Municipalities Which Pass Gun Control

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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