A judge in Florida upheld a 1987 preemption law that prevents local officials from passing stricter gun control measures than exists at the state level.
This case challenged the 1987 law and a 2011 law that imposed strict penalties on legislators found in violation. The 2011 law allows for monetary penalties and potential removal from office if a local official is found in violation of a preemptive state statute.
In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting Florida saw an uptick of lawsuits under these conditions. Government officials challenged the 2011 and 1987 laws, demonstrating they imposed a chilling effect on legislators trying to ensure safer communities through gun control measures.
The judge ultimately ruled there could not be a penalty to elected officials for passing such laws, but maintained that officials cannot impose stricter gun control measures than present at the state level.