As we reported in this story over a year ago (Broward and Palm Beach Trying to Break Florida's Gun Laws) Officials in Broward and Palm Beach Country were fighting Florida laws that kept them from putting their own more restrictive gun laws in county and city legislation.
They lost that battle - Broward County is still being sued by the group Florida Carry for having those laws still in the books no matter how unenforceable they might be.
Now, with its tail still half tucked between it's knees, Broward officials are back again, this time to strongly suggest gun businesses adhere to voluntary gun control laws that were already ruled illegal by the State.
"This is not regulating,'' said Dale Holness. "This is coordinating a voluntary effort to ensure that gun sales are done in such a way that the people are protected.''
- But if it isn't regulating, why is it being suggested by regulators?
The program which has already been adopted by other South Florida counties and cities including Dade County is sponsored by the group Arms with Ethics founded by Casey Woods.
"It's a first step toward helping to raise standards in the industry using existing relationships the police departments have, and broadening out in time,'' said Woods, a former Miami Herald reporter.
- But is it a first step off a slippery slope?
Wood's also said it was designed "specifically to stay within the parameters of the law"
- Then why did he call it a first step?
While the suggestions seem like common sense practices for local gun businesses to follow, it really appears like this is an attempt for these legislators to convince gun businesses and owners that the local governments have teeth even if the state already said they can't bite.
What do you think? Should legislators be allowed to suggest practices that the state has ruled they are not allowed to enforce? Are their hearts in the right place or is this just a conniving attempt to convince the public that these laws exist when they don't...or worse, posturing for another attempt to take away the second amendment from citizens of South Florida?