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Crazy Florida: Guns Okay at Parades, But Not Other Weapons

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Have you ever noticed all of the strange things that happen in Florida (Texas and Long Island, too)? Well, here's another one -- in wacky Fort Lauderdale, it is now okay to bring guns to parades and other public events, but knives and less dangerous weapons are still banned.

Sorry, sir. No pocket knives at the parade. But the AK-47 is just fine.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the move is in response to a new Florida law that fines lawmakers if they try to enforce local gun laws that are tougher than state laws. The law even states that those officials could be removed from office.

"Sometimes the Legislature does things I don't agree with, but they passed a law and we are complying with that law," Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said.

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In addition to allowing guns at public events, the city is also dropping a law that made it illegal to discharge a weapon. Police will now have to use a state law that prohibits reckless discharge  of a gun.

Local government officials all over the state are now scrambling to make sure their laws to not conflict with state laws. After all, they don't want to lose their jobs. Who cares that some one million Floridians with concealed weapons permits are now able to carry their weapons pretty much wherever they want?