Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who’s also a gubernatorial candidate, is targeting the state’s powerful preemption statute, which protects the gun rights of millions of Floridians.

The statute allows only Florida’s legislature to regulate firearms, and it has teeth. Any public official who even considers a local gun ordinance can be forced out of office and fined thousands of dollars, which the statute specifies they must pay themselves.

According to a press release, Fried and other anti-gun politicians are urging the Florida Supreme court to o hear the legal case on Florida’s firearm preemption law.

“What we need in the face of what is clearly a public health crisis is for local leaders to be able to institute common-sense ordinances that fit their community’s needs and values.”

“Last year was the deadliest gun violence year in our country in at least two decades, and the outlook for 2021 is even worse. What we need in the face of what is clearly a public health crisis is for local leaders to be able to institute common-sense ordinances that fit their community’s needs and values,” Fried said. “Instead, our local leaders are being threatened with extreme punishments for doing their jobs. It is wrong. It is undemocratic. And we hope that our Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear this case and upholds the circuit court ruling that it is also unconstitutional. Florida has unfortunately seen gun violence up close and personal. Enough is enough. We need common-sense action like background checks, which we’ve done at my department, and it’s something we can easily work on together. It is time for the state to let local leaders do their jobs to keep our communities safe so we can stop this bleeding together.”

Fried was joined at a press conference by State Representative Dan Daley (HD-97), Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley, Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons, Lauderhill Commissioner Melissa P. Dunn, Coral Springs Commissioner Joy Carter, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Sabrina Javellana, Parkland Commissioner Ken Cutler, Coconut Creek Commissioner Jackie Railey, Coral Springs Commissioner Nancy Metayer, activist and parent Fred Guttenberg, and Nancy Fry of Moms Demand Action.

As Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried oversees Florida’s licensing division, which operates the state’s concealed-carry licensing program.

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