Over 30 Florida Local Governments Sue State, Seek Ability To Regulate Firearms

first_imgSTATELINE DAILY NEWSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a state well-known for its competitive political races and heated debates, one issue that continues to be fiercely discussed in Florida is that of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights. To some, like Carey Baker, the 2nd Amendment is something worth passionately defending.“It applies just as much today as it did over 200 years ago,” Baker said. “The right to bear and keep those firearms — that should never change. It truly is based on an individual’s right to self-defense. If you have the right to defend yourself, your family, your country, you should have the means to do it.” By Baker’s own admission, he’s a bit biased. He co-owns A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Fla., which has been in business since the 19th century.But in the wake of tragedies such as the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed, there are some in Florida seeking to regulate aspects of the 2nd amendment with the same vigor that Baker uses to defend it.A growing number of cities in Florida are suing the state to challenge a 2011 amendment that inflicts steep penalties on local governments that choose to pass gun-regulating ordinances.The amendment enforces Florida Statute 790.33, which was implemented in 1987 and states that the power to regulate firearms belongs solely to the state. Prior to 2011, the law was difficult to enforce.Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.— Fla. Stat. 790.33But the 2011 amendment imposed steep consequences to anyone who, in a “knowing and willful” manner, broke the law, with penalties including a $5,000 fine or removal from office. While embraced by some cities, particularly conservative-leaning ones, other municipalities are fiercely fighting the law in the courts.“What they did in 2011 was took this one step too far,” said Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for approving concealed carry permits in the state.Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture (Photo courtesy of Nikki Fried's office).Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture (Photo courtesy of Nikki Fried’s office). Fried by no means considers herself to be “anti-gun” and admits herself to owning firearms. Yet, the commissioner has been outspokenly against the tough penalties the law imposes. About 30 municipalities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials have filed suit against the state challening the amendment. After assuming office in 2019, Fried has since joined them.A circuit court judge declared the penalties were unconstitutional, but the state has appealed the ruling to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen are all listed as appellants in a 54-page brief submitted in December of 2019.While the lawsuits challenge only the penalties imposed by the law, Fried believes local officials should have the ability to propose what she calls “common sense” gun-regulating ordinances. Since local officials, in her eyes, govern closer to the people they represent, she believes they are well-suited to make laws that benefit their constituents.“Our local governments should have the power to see a problem that’s in their community…and act,” said Fried. “And if that’s the case, then they’re doing their jobs.”That argument, however, does not sit well with Marion Hammer, the former president of the NRA and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.Marion Hammer, former President of the National Rifle Association and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.Marion Hammer, former President of the National Rifle Association and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida. Over 30 Florida Local Governments Sue State, Seek Ability To Regulate Firearms “Being close to people has no bearing on whether or not you can impose your personal political preferences on people,” Hammer said.Hammer, who said she’s been defending the 2nd Amendment in Florida since 1974, claims decades ago the state had a medley of gun laws, many of which she considered to be unconstitutional. Following the introduction of Florida Statute 790.33, Hammer claims some cities submitted to the state’s authority but others did not. She said the steep penalties implemented in 2011 put an end to “bad behavior.”“When you willfully and knowingly violate the law,” she said, “we call those people criminals.”Plus, she said, uniform gun laws benefit everyone.“In a mobile society, people have no way of knowing what ordinance they may violate when they’re traveling or cross a city or county line,” said Hammer. “It is critically important that in a state, you have uniformity of gun laws.”Hammer fears that if local governments put their own gun regulations on the books, a gun owner could, in theory, be a law-abiding citizen in one region, hop in his or her car and become a law-breaking citizen just down the road.Daniel Stermer, Mayor of the City of Weston (Photo courtesy of the City of Weston).Daniel Stermer, Mayor of the City of Weston (Photo courtesy of the City of Weston). But local officials challenging the law said they should have the ability to enforce their own rules when it comes to public safety.Daniel Stermer, the mayor of Weston, Fla., which is named principally in the lawsuit, said he’s prepared to face the consequences if the amendment holds up in court.“If the provisions stand, I’m prepared to have the governor remove me,” he said. “I’m OK with that. I’m prepared to walk this through the judicial process.”Weston is less than 25 miles away from Parkland and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said the need to tighten the laws in South Florida is critical.“Immediately after [the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School], it became an immediate groundswell from residents,” claimed Stermer. “Asking us, ‘am I safe in my schools, in my parks, in my government buildings?’ And I had to give them an honest answer, that ‘I can’t give you a complete answer because we can’t do anything about it.’”Stermer views the issue as less about the 2nd Amendment and more about property rights, and his hope is that the courts will rule in their favor and allow him to regulate what goes on inside the public facilities he and the city of Weston oversee.Raúl Valdés-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida (Photo courtesy of the City of Coral Gables).Raúl Valdés-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida (Photo courtesy of the City of Coral Gables). Raúl Valdés-Fauli, the mayor of Coral Gables, which borders Miami, said he should have the authority to ban the sale of “assault weapons” in his city.“People should have guns, pistols, revolvers in their home for their protection if they feel it’s necessary. But, assault weapons do not belong in a municipality,” said Valdés-Fauli. “Assault weapons are for purposes of war powers.”Photo of Florida's First District Court of Appeal, which must now decide if the penalties associated with Florida's preemptive firearm law are constitutional or not.Photo of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, which must now decide if the penalties associated with Florida’s preemptive firearm law are constitutional or not. By Robert Sherman  Carey Baker, co-owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Florida. Valdés-Fauli said the penalties added in 2011 are excessive.“I think that’s wrong, and for the legislature to usurp our powers of governing our local residents is wrong. Very wrong,” said Valdés-Fauli. “I think it should be in the power of the municipal government, which governs closest to the people.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In Short

first_imgBakehouse boughtLantmännen Unibake has completed its acquisition of UK speciality breads and pastries supplier Bakehouse, after acquiring the remaining shares in the company. In March this year, Lantmännen announced its intention to strengthen its position in the UK market by investing in a new bakery in the UK. The location of the bakery has not yet been finalised, but production is expected to start in mid-2011.Cake doctorMasterchef finalist Dr Tim Kinnaird has given up his career as a paediatrician earlier this year and has been working on setting up his own cake business. The cakes, which will intitially be sold wholesale include French macaroons. He recently debuted his first batch of the macaroons at a farmers’ market in Norwich. “I’ve always loved puddings, cakes and pastries, and it’s just a dream come true to be selling my cakes,” he said, after selling out within hours.Fizzy drinks blamedOne in four UK adults blame fizzy drinks as the main cause of obesity, according to a new YouGov SixthSense report.Seventy-one per cent knew soft drinks were bad for your teeth, while 66% were worried about the influence drinks firms had on young children. Despite this, more than half of parents (51%) let their children drink Coca-Cola in the last year.GLA convictionThe Gangmasters Licensing Authority has achieved its first conviction in Wales after a Cardiff-based gangmaster was found to be supplying workers to a bakery in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan on 21 July 2009, after his licence had expired.The gangmaster business, Recruitment Solutions Wales, will be required to pay a fine and costs totalling £1,165.last_img read more

Press release: Hospitals, prisons and Jobcentres to refer people at risk of homelessness

first_img investing £9 billon to build more social housing, including council homes Social media – MHCLG Minister for Homelessness Heather Wheeler said: Media enquiries a new duty for those who are already homeless so that that local authorities will work with them for 56 days to help secure accommodation Everyone should have a home to call their own and we have put in place strong protections to guard families and individuals against the threat of homelessness. Our reforms – putting prevention at the heart of everything we do – are designed for lasting change and to back this up we’re investing almost £1 billion over the next 4 years to break the homelessness cycle once and for all. announcing £28 million for 3 Housing First pilots in Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to support long-term rough sleepers off the streets and help them to end their homelessness. Individuals will be provided with stable, affordable accommodation and intensive wrap-around support. This will to help them recover from complex health issues, for example substance abuse and mental health difficulties and sustain their tenancies providing £315 million to local authorities for their work on homelessness, and an additional £402 million in Flexible Homelessness Support Grant funding, which local authorities can use to work more strategically to prevent and tackle homelessness pressures in their areas Case study: Southwark councilSouthwark council receives the third largest numbers of homelessness applications in England. MHCLG funded Southwark to be an ‘early adopter’ of the act and implement measures that mirror key elements of the new legislation, including assessments and personalised housing plans and delivering bespoke prevention and relief services to households regardless of whether they are in priority need.The latest statistics from Southwark show that from the 1 April 2017 until 31 January 2018 the number of households accepted as owed the main housing duty had decreased by 49% compared to the same period the previous year (April 2016 to January 2017), from 789 to 405. In addition, Southwark has eliminated its use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families.The council also report that they have successfully trained staff to focus on the prevention of homelessness. This is reflected by a marked increase in positive feedback from families and a decline in the number of reviews requested by applicants. Southwark have been actively sharing their learning with over 250 other authorities across the country.Further informationThe government supported the Homelessness Reduction Bill which was introduced to the House of Commons in summer 2016 by Bob Blackman MP, and progressed through Parliament with cross party support. The Act received Royal Assent on Thursday 27th April 2017.The government worked with a group made up of local authority and charity representatives, as well as specialists relevant to particular issues, to inform the review of the code of guidance. The new code brings together and updates existing guidance, as well as providing new guidance to cover the duties brought in by the Act. An 8 week consultation was launched on 16 October 2017 and closed on 11 December 2017.The Homelessness code of guidance provides direction on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions and apply the law in practice. It also applies to local housing and social services authorities, who are required by law to have regard to this guidance when exercising their functions relating to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.to have regard to the guidance in exercising their functions in relation to homelessness.The duty to refer is one element of a wider package of regulations required to enable the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. The regulations also set out the procedure to be followed by housing authorities when carrying out reviews of homelessness decisions, and issuing notices to applicants who deliberately and unreasonably refuse to co-operate with them. See factsheets on the regulations.How the duty to refer works in practice will be determined in each local area. For example, housing authorities may want to develop standard referral mechanisms, and public bodies may want to undertake training to support their staff in identifying people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.center_img The government has backed the Act with £72.7 million of funding to help councils to deliver these changes. In time, it is expected that the increased preventative work brought about by the Act will lead to substantial savings for councils.The confirmation of which public bodies have a duty to refer is part of a wider package of regulations made ahead of the roll-out of the Homelessness Reduction Act in April.Alongside the new duty to refer, the government is continuing to work closely with key sector organisations to identify different ways services can contribute to preventing homelessness and supporting the successful implementation of the Act.In particular, the department is working with the National Housing Federation to explore how housing associations can support the Act, including by making referrals, and working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council to develop a ‘test and learn’ project in Brighton & Hove focusing on homelessness prevention.The government is already taking significant action to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping through: Contact form https://forms.communit… providing free information and advice on preventing homelessness and the rights of homeless people, to all residents, including information tailored to the needs of particularly vulnerable groups Office address and general enquiries For the first time, prisons, probation services, Jobcentres and NHS Trusts will be among the organisations that have a duty to help those at risk of becoming homeless and refer them to a housing authority, Minister for Homelessness Heather Wheeler confirmed today (22 February 2018).In new guidance published today, the government has outlined how councils and public bodies must support the homeless or those at risk of losing their home under their new duties introduced by the Homelessness Reduction Act. The Act – the most ambitious legislative reform for decades – places new legal duties on English councils to intervene at an earlier stage to prevent homelessness.Councils will now be required to ensure the advice and information they provide is designed to meet the needs of particular at risk groups including care leavers, people leaving prison, people who have left the armed forces, survivors of domestic abuse and those suffering from a mental illness.In addition to new duties to refer those at risk of homelessness, the reforms will include: Email [email protected] General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Allied Bakeries forecast for profit increase

first_imgAssociated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.The company predicted strong operating profit performances from its grocery sector in a trading update prior to this year’s close period.It also said the installation of its new bread plant in Stevenage is near completion, and is due to be commissioned in November this year.Allied Bakeries’ Glasgow bakery is also near the end of its modernisation programme, this is where Kingsmill’s new Thins range is to be produced. These investments come as its Orpington plant is in employee consultation, following its proposed closure in August.Integration of bakery ingredientsABF ingredients firm AB Mauri completed the acquisition of a bakery ingredients arm, which operates across Western Europe.The company said: “Its integration will broaden our product offering and our ability to respond to customer needs in a number of key markets.”Ingredients revenues are also expected to be ahead of last year, despite sales at actual rates being lower. ABF said this was due to the strengthening of sterling and the fact its businesses were overseas.It said: “AB Mauri made progress in all of its regions and in both the yeast and bakery ingredients businesses.”The company’s overall year-end net debt is expected to be reduced from last year’s £0.8bn to around £0.5bn this year.ABF’s full-year results, for the 52 weeks to 13 September 2014, are scheduled to be announced on 4 November 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jessie Mueller Will Teach Kids the Broadway Ropes & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Jessie Mueller to Bring Broadway to the KidsTony-winning Beautiful star Jessie Mueller will give kids the chance to live out their showbiz dreams on April 18. The Grammy winner will make her Carnegie Hall debut with the family concert, Take The Stage with Broadway Stars. The interactive event will teach the music and moves to some of the toe-tapping-est shows of the Great White Way. Hosted by Chicago couple Leslie Stifelman and Melissa Rae Mahon, the show will also feature composer Thomas Cabaniss. Additional Broadway names will be announced later.Derek Hough Will Balance Stars & Rockettes Dancing With the Stars announced their lineup for the competition’s 20th season, and while we absolutely cannot wait for Broadway alum Patti LaBelle to show off her sweet moves, there’s another name on the roster that we’ve been shouting often as of late. Five-time DWTS victor Derek Hough will return, balancing his time between the ABC series and Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular. He’ll fly back and forth between L.A. and New York to appear in both shows. He’ll dance with Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin on DWTS and Laura Benanti and the Rockettes at Radio City.Tony Winners & More Set for Our Class ReadingTony winners Nina Arianda and Ellen Burstyn will join a whole host of stage and screen favorites—Kim Cattrall, Alvin Epstein, Brian Murray, John Pankow, Hunter Parrish and Austin Pendleton—in a staged reading of Our Class. The Tadeusz Słobadzianek drama will celebrate its New York premiere on April 13 (during Holocaust Remembrance Week) at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center. The drama follows 10 people, some Catholic and some Jewish, from their time as classmates in 1925 to present.Evan Rachel Wood Will Sing John Hughes SoundtracksEvan Rachel Wood, who starred in the Julie Taymor-helmed Across the Universe will appear in the Broadway in Chicago production of For the Record: Dear John Hughes. According to the Chicago Tribune, the staged concert, which will celebrate the soundtracks of the legendary director’s films, will play beginning March 5 at the Broadway Playhouse. The originally reported Rumer Willis will depart on March 8 to compete on the aforementioned new season of Dancing With the Stars. Wood will take over beginning March 12. Star Filescenter_img Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

Lyndonville Savings Bank Announces Transfer to OTC Bulletin Board

first_imgLyndonville Savings Bank Announces Transfer toOTC Bulletin BoardLYNDONVILLE, VT– Lyndonville Savings Bankhas announced that, effective January 4, 2005, the Bank’s common stock willtrade on the OTC Bulletin Board. Previously, the common stock was quotedon the “Pink Sheets”. The Lyndonville Savings Bank common stock willcontinue to trade under the symbol “LYSB”. The new trading venue isexpected to provide more visibility for the bank’s stock. Lyndonvillecurrently has about 255 stockholders with 1,055,126 shares outstanding.The stock has recently traded in the $16.50 to $17.50 range and iscurrently paying a dividend at the rate of $0.56 annually. The Lyndonville Savings Bank is a $154 million state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Lyndonville, VT with 6 full service offices throughout northern Vermont.last_img

4 Suffolk Home Invasions in 5 Days Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating four home invasions in a five-day span, including one case in which a victim was tied up and another that ended in a victim being hospitalized.In the first case, two men forced their way into a home on North Gardiner Drive in North Bay Shore, where they flashed a weapon at 7:33 p.m. March 10, police said. The duo stole electronics and cash before they fled the scene on foot, police said.Two days later, two white men wearing ski masks broke into a house on Dawn Drive in Shirley, where they hit a victim in the face with a glass bottle before stealing cash at 7:10 a.m. March 12, police said. The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of a broken nose.Then, on March 14, two home invasions were reported on the same day. Shortly before 1 a.m. that Saturday, three black men entered the side door of an Irving Avenue home in Deer Park and walked into the basement, where one of them flashed a gun, police said. One of the victims fought the suspects, who stole items before they fled.Lastly, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, two Hispanic men entered a home on Skyhaven Drive in East Patchogue, flashed what appeared to be a weapon, punched the victim and tied him up before ransacking the home, police said. The assailants fled the scene with electronics in that case.No arrests were made in any of the cases. No injuries were reported aside from the Shirley case. Detectives are continuing the investigations.last_img read more

Trump’s cybersecurity order: Credit union, bank leadership react

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Three financial services trade organizations had mixed reactions to an executive order, signed by President Trump last week, that calls for a massive review of cybersecurity efforts in government agencies, requires agencies to use one set of cybersecurity risk-management standards and holds agency heads accountable for protecting data. ­­Within the next 90 days, heads of executive departments and agencies must provide risk-management reports — some of which may be classified — to Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget detailing how they manage cyber-risks, what changes they plan to make, and what cybersecurity risks they’re willing to accept.According to the order, agencies must also adopt the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, first issued in 2014, to manage cybersecurity risk.“The executive branch has for too long accepted antiquated and difficult–to-defend IT,” the order said.last_img read more

ABA to Crapo: Focus on marijuana banking issues

first_img continue reading » Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) should abandon efforts to address wide marijuana policy questions and instead concentrate on the financial services implications, the American Bankers Association said.“While we appreciate that there is a wide universe of cannabis-related public policy concerns that require the attention of Congress, we strongly urge the Committee to maintain the narrow focus of the SAFE Banking Act on enabling the provision of basic financial services to state-sanctioned businesses,” James Ballentine, ABA’s executive vice president of congressional relations and political affairs wrote in a letter to Crapo.The SAFE Banking Act is the House-passed legislation that calls for a safe harbor for financial institutions wishing to provide services to marijuana-related businesses.The ABA and CUNA have endorsed the legislation, but Crapo said he is opposed to it because it does not address the broader implications of cannabis legalization. NAFCU has not taken a position on the legislation. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Watching my uncle die – and his mood swings – confirmed my opposition to euthanasia

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 December 2017Family First Comment: An excellent commentary.. “It’s the unintended consequences of allowing euthanasia that particularly perturb me, whereby shifting societal values would make seniors and the disabled increasingly feel like a financial and emotional burden, and obliged to seek termination.”OPINION: At a time when Canterbury – and the wider nation – is rightly distressed about our shameful, unshakeable suicide epidemic and the clamour for effective mental health services, the notion of sanctioning assisted suicide seems crudely incongruous.As the Medical Association (NZMA) points out, legalising euthanasia would saddle New Zealand with the grey area of “rational” suicides and “irrational” ones. The Care Alliance soberly warn that it would lead young people to think suicide was an acceptable response to suffering.Act MP David Seymour is optimistic his End of Life Choices Bill will be read for the first time in Parliament this month. Like most Kiwis, I wrestle with the issue, its nuances and complexities, that no up or down referendum, nor casual opinion poll can befittingly do justice to.It’s a profoundly vexing issue, but in all good conscience, the notion of legalisation leaves me cold.Last year, Sir Geoffrey Palmer laudably crafted a proposed law-change with an extensive set of criteria to strictly govern assisted suicide for a person with “a grievous and incurable medical condition that caused intolerable suffering.”The person would have to be at least 18 and capable of making decisions, their condition would have to be certified by two medical practitioners, a willing doctor would have to be available and the Family Court would certify whether the criteria had been met.It’s hard to see how some of these hurdles could be surmounted, given the steadfast opposition of the NZMA to euthanasia. Would we have to form a Guild of Certified Death Doctors?The NZMA chair, Dr. Stephen Child self-effacingly observes, “Doctors were not always right in forming a patient’s prognosis. 10-15 per cent of prognoses are deemed incorrect, during autopsies.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/99496797/watching-my-uncle-die–and-his-mood-swings–confirmed-my-opposition-to-euthanasialast_img read more