Time set aside for public input at Monday’s Commission meeting
In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February, many communities around the state are looking to local government to help the public collectively voice its concerns.
During its last meeting, the City Commission extended an open invitation to members of the St. Augustine community to come to the March 12 meeting and share their concerns in a public forum. In 2011, the Florida Legislature enacted laws that preempt local governments from establishing any regulation of firearms and ammunition, but the input received from the community may be reflected in a future resolution by the City Commission stating support for particular actions or policies.
Prior to public input, city staff will present examples of resolutions and statements drafted by other governmental entities and provide a summary of actions on the topic considered by the Florida Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
The most common key topics that are covered in resolutions from other communities are:
- Raise the minimum age for the purchase of guns to 21;
- Set the minimum age for the purchase of high-capacity magazines at 21;
- Eliminate the loopholes in the private transfer of weapons and require full background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms;
- Repeal the prohibitions and penalties in Section 790.33(3), Florida Statutes; (2011 HB 45 preempting local ability to enact ordinances regulating firearms and ammunition);
- Enact legislation regarding Red Flag Law to allow Extreme Risk Protection; and
- Provide additional funding for mental health issues.
The Commission’s next meeting is Monday, March 12 starting at 5:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. As with all meetings of the City Commission, the March 12 meeting will be available for live viewing on GTV/Comcast channel 3 and at www.CityStAugTV.com where it may also been seen on-demand the day following the meeting.