Legislation to stop local governments from enacting tougher restrictions on gun purchases is shooting through the legislative process. The legislation would create a five million dollar fine for city and county governments that pass ordinances to trump state and federal gun laws. The bill passed a house and a senate committee today. NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer says the bill is meant to send a message to cities and counties.
“Nobody wants to put local government officials in jail. Nobody wants to rip huge amounts of money out of county and city coffers, but it has to be a deterrent. If they want to break the law then they should have to pay like everybody else. They are not above the law,” said Hammer.
The legislation is the first of three high profile bills aimed at protecting gun rights. One of the bills would prohibit doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun. Another would allow people with conceal carry permits to take carry their guns in more public place, like college campuses.