Florida leads the pack in passing bills written by the gun lobby that block any sensible attempt to control the purchase and use of firearms, editorializes the New York Times. The newspaper argues that, “The dangerous folly of these laws was on display in the Trayvon Martin shooting, and will again be on display when Republicans gather for their presidential convention in Tampa this August.”
The City Council is preparing tight security precautions for the downtown area by temporarily banning clubs, hatchets, switchblades, pepper spray, slingshots, chains, shovels, and all manner of guns that shoot water, paint or air. It can’t ban guns because of a new state law that ended longstanding local gun controls, prohibiting city governments from enacting any ordinances on the sale, possession or use of firearms. “You may want to call Governor (Rick) Scott and the Legislature on that,” Jim Shimberg Jr., Tampa’s city attorney, told The Tampa Bay Times when asked what the city can do to reduce the danger of handgun incidents near the convention.