The City of Leesburg in Florida is apparently not in compliance with Florida's statute on firearms and continues to overstep its bounds on the constitutional matter. Even though the city manager and the city council have been informed of their non-compliance, they have chosen to ignore state statute 790.33 which could result in significant costs for the city and individually - the city council members and the city manager. Palm Beach County Commissioners have also voiced their desire to do the same, however were not willing to take the potential penalties they could incur for defying the state statute on gun control.
Florida Carry, Inc. has filed a complaint in Florida circuit court in Lake County alleging the City of Leesburg ordinances concerning firearms is not congruent with Florida law. Florida Carry is asking the court to fine the city manager, the city council and the mayor in accordance with state law and for the City of Leesburg to repeal their firearms ordinance which is not in compliance with Florida's firearms statute.
The City of Leesburg has decided to stick by its anti-gun laws in direct defiance of state law and their own city charter.
Leesburg City Manager Evans stated that:
"Any action taken in the future regarding the existence of these laws in our Code of Ordinances will be done at the discretion, pleasure, and timing of the Leesburg City Commission."
This column will keep you up-to-date as the case progresses. As with the case in the City of Boca Raton, it was not until threatened with a lawsuit and media coverage prompted by the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County, did the city remove signage that was not in compliance with state law.