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Issues and Voices that Matter October 13, 2011

New Gun Law

A  2011  Florida law imposes penalties on city and county governments that do not repeal local gun ordinances. Local laws prohibiting guns in parks, in government buildings or shooting within city limits were eliminated.  Supporter Rep. Jason Brodeur and opponents  Oviedo Police Chief Jeff Chudnow and Leigh McEachern discuss the pros and cons of the law (length 21:34).


Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner

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The purpose of this new law was to augment Florida Statute 790.33 which was passed in 1987. That law established state government as the sole authority to regulate guns and ammunition, local governments were prohibited from passing ordinances restricting gun use or ownership.

However, cities and counties often ignored the law by creating local gun ordinances. Some examples are Oviedo prohibited firing a gun within the city limits, Seminole County prohibited guns in county parks and landfills or firing a gun within 500 ft of a residence. Orlando prohibited persons from carrying guns into government buildings.

Under the new 2011 law, on October 1, 2011 these local ordinances and thousands of others around the state will be eliminated. Local government officials have scrambled to repeal these ordinances because this new law imposes personal fines and criminal penalties on officials if the local gun laws are not wiped out. Local officials can even be removed from office if codes are not purged.

But there is great controversy over whether this new law is a disregard of public safety or a long overdue protection of constitutional rights under the 2nd amendment. Many local officials complain that it is a violation of home rule and prevents them from setting ordinances that they deem necessary for safety in their locale. But supporters argue that local ordinances don’t reduce crime but do infringe on legal gun owners rights.

The following are some of the ordinances in Seminole County that have been repealed as a result of the new gun law.

  • Oviedo – prohibit the discharge of firearm in city limits.
  • Winter Springs – prohibit firing a gun on city street of public grounds
  • Sanford – prohibiting firing a gun in city park.
  • Seminole County – prohibiting firearms in county parks, landfills or discharge of firearm within 500ft of residence

Firearms are still prohibited on all school campuses at all times. And state law prohibits carrying a gun without a concealed weapons permit, the use of firearms in an unsafe manner or firing from a vehicle.

Additional Feature Information

Jeff Chudnow,  Police Chief, City of Oviedo, Florida  (photo - CMF Public Media)
Jeff Chudnow
Police Chief City of Oviedo Florida

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Jason Brodeur Florida state representative ( R/district 34) (photo - CMF Public Media)
Jason Brodeur
Florida state representative ( R/district 34)

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Leigh McEachern, retired undersheriff, Orange County, Fl (photo - CMF Public Media)
Leigh McEachern
Retired undersheriff, Orange County, Fl.

News Articles on Florida’s New Gun Law

Extended Interviews

Jason Brodeur Florida state representative ( R/district 34) (photo - CMF Public Media)
Representative Jason Brodeur with Desta Horner
Length 10:27
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Jeff Chudnow,  Police Chief, City of Oviedo, Florida  (photo - CMF Public Media)
Jeff Chudnow, Police Chief of city of Oviedo with Desta Horner
Length 15:23
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Leigh McEachern, retired undersheriff, Orange County, Fl (photo - CMF Public Media)
Leigh McEachern, retired undersheriff , Orange County, Fl. with Desta Horner
Length 09:29
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2 Responses to “New Gun Law”

  1. Mary Alice Wilder says:

    I support Chief Chudnow and his comments about this gun law.I think Rep. Jason Brodeur is not considering the feelings of the voters of his district about this matter.I think Rep Brodeur heeded to his personal feelings and needs. This is not why he was elected.He was elected to Represent all of the citizens in his district.Elected officials must remember something while they “serve” the public,it is not about what you feel, it is about the wishes of who you serve.Meet with your voters and listen.
    This will be remembered at the voting booth.

  2. Don Boyd says:

    Excellent interviews with well stated positions. I personally do not own a fire arm and agree with the new law. I feel that people who obtain concealed weapon permits are normally responsible people educated sufficiently to understand right and wrong in there use. In some cases towns or community local board members become advocates for a cause and develop rules to their satisfaction, which is not that of the majority of town or community. In my opinion Safety is the issue and increasing the penalty for miss use should be clearly stated, openly published and strongly enforced.

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