DeSantis signs bill prohibiting Florida localities from restricting guns

Second Amendment protections received a boost in Florida on Friday after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that further limits the ability of local authorities to regulate firearms. 

According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the bill strengthens an existing 2011 law that allows plaintiffs to seek up to $100,000 in damages against government entities that restrict guns and imposes fines of up to $5,000 on local officials.

Allows lawsuits against “unwritten” rules

Under the new legislation, which is set to take effect on July 1, lawsuits can be filed for “unwritten” gun rules as well as those that have been formally enacted.

An analysis from the state’s House staff explained that this will include “oral instructions given within a law enforcement agency.”

Under the new legislation, localities will still be liable for damages even if they remove a challenged law or policy after a lawsuit has been filed.

“I brought this forward so that local governments will once and for all stop violating the rights and stop wasting taxpayer money,” said state Rep. Cord Byrd, who sponsored the legislation.

Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani attacked the legislation, saying, “If the state doesn’t want to take any action against the gun lobby, stop prohibiting local governments from doing that.”

DeSantis signed bill targeting rioters

This legislation is just the latest in a series of bills that DeSantis has signed promoting self-defense and public safety. At the end of April, the governor signed a bill granting civil immunity to motorists who drive through illegal street protests.

Other provisions of the legislation impose tougher penalties for rioters, including a prison sentence of up to 10 years for those who destroy or demolish statues and monuments, The New York Post reported.

The bill “strips local governments of civil liability protections if they interfere with law enforcement’s efforts to respond to a violent protest,” according to the Post.

The bill will also make it more difficult for counties and municipalities to defund law enforcement — a key demand of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If you look at the breadth of this particular piece of legislation, it is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,” DeSantis said a press conference to sign the legislation. “There’s just nothing even close.”

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  3. States like Florida will find themselves overpopulated from freedom loving people fleeing commie state

  4. Ron DeSantis, thank you for having the courage to stand up against this insane administration, gun owners across the land applaud your actions. I hope other governors have the same courage to do what you have done for Florida. Thank you.

    1. Yes I agree. I live in Oregon with a Dem Governor and have no hope at all for anything like what DeSantis is doing for Florida. Go DeSantis. We need Many More Governors like you.

  5. What a refreshing change! FINALLY a politician who follows the Constitution as it’s written. Trump/ DeSantis 2024 for the Constitution!

  6. All Conservative governors must follow the lead and take our country back. We all know the lib leaders will destroy their states and wonder why Conservative states are getting swamped by people leaving the NUT CASE Lib states.

  7. Two thumbs up for DeSantis. To bad their are not more in the GOP with the courage and spine to stand for the constitution and America instead of their over inflated pay and self interest.

  8. So, Black Lives Matter movement wants to be able to defund police? I think it’s time to lock up the organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m not against peaceful protests, but BLM is far from being peaceful.

  9. Please stay the governor for 4 more years, and look out voting fraud in al the major cities they are democratic control

  10. I agree with everything DeSantis is doing. Just wish the rest of the Governors would do exactly what he is doing. Governor Brown wake up to what your Democrat friends are doing. Have the courage to go against them. Look what the BLM is doing to Portland and put a stop to it. Do you really think Social Workers could control them? Where is your mind? Stop trying to control the Republicans and concentrate on the people that are looting and burning and killing.

  11. Just so you know, if a police officer tells you to drop your weapon, you are leagally bond to do so. He is NOT denying you right to own or posse a weapon.
    And guess what happens when you follow an order from the police? That’s right you won’t be shot, understand BLM, antics and you going dumb people?

  12. I concur! I live in Seattle and I don’t like it here!!! I do like the mountains and the beaches/hiking/trail walks & nature, but our democratic governor is nuts! There needs to be term limits especially democratic governors(ha ha lol)!!! Seattle is dangerous and not a pretty city anymore, especially what BLM, rioters/looters did to Seattle last year and democratic governor/mayor didn’t do anything about it! Shame on them! And we still have to wear the stupid masks! I have asthma and it’s mandated mask wearing!!!! We need to impeach biden/harris as they are compromised by China and also inciting riots!!! Trump/DeSantis 2024

  13. We love our Governor Ron DeSantis. We may keep him as long as he will run. And then we may do the same if he desides to run for another office

  14. We need to keep our Ron De Santis as governor for now. Run Jordan or Cruse for vise president with Donald Trump as president and then when president Trumps term is up run Our Governor Ron DeSantis for President and let him pick his VP.

  15. I love this guy, if Trump doesnt run in 2024 DeSantis had better, if Trump does I cannot think of a better Vice President and after, a better president in 2028.

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