Defying the Left’s agenda to erode Americans’ Second Amendment rights, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is taking steps to protect them.
DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1884 on Friday banning local governments from imposing additional gun regulations.
The bill was passed in the GOP-majority Florida Senate by 24-16 on April 26, The Hill reported. Just two days later, the bill quickly cleared the House by a 78-39 vote.
The measure, which takes effect on July 1, expands on existing law that holds local governments financially liable for going beyond state standards in firearm limitations.
As of 2011, local municipalities can be required to pay up to $100,000 in damages if they are sued for imposing additional gun laws, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
For decades, Florida has maintained that cities and counties must not pass regulations that are stricter than the ones the state has implemented, and now Ron DeSantis is taking steps to ensure it stays that way.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Republican State Rep. Cord Byrd, said the bill is intended to “send a message” to local governments to stop infringing on Floridians’ Constitutional right to bear arms.
“I brought this forward so that local governments will once and for all stop violating the rights and stop wasting taxpayer money,” said Byrd.
Florida is just the latest state to implement additional protections for gun rights.
Just last week, the Texas Senate passed a “constitutional carry” bill allowing their citizens to open carry their firearms in public without a permit. Once Governor Greg Abbot signs the bill, Texas will become the 21st state to adopt constitutional carry.
Earlier this year, Nebraska became the first state to declare itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary state,” exempting its citizens from potential future federal gun restrictions.
The wave of pro-gun laws comes amid the Biden administration’s stated intention to further its gun control agenda.
But hopefully, thanks to leaders like Ron DeSantis, those intentions won’t make it very far.