NEW: Royal Palm plans resolution supporting gun control after Parkland


Royal Palm Beach’s village council is planning a resolution supporting state gun control efforts in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Mayor Fred Pinto said the resolution comes at the suggestion of the Palm Beach County League of Cities for member governments to “address or take a posture on our position on gun control” following the Valentine’s Day attack that left 17 dead.

RELATED: Wellington officials look for solutions after Parkland shooting

“We all know that the legislature put in place laws that prohibit local cities or counties from passing our own gun control,” he said at last week’s council meeting, referring to a 2011 Florida law that punishes local governments that try to pass their own gun-control rules. “It doesn’t prohibit us from expressing our viewpoint.”

The league included a suggested resolution that was “way too long,” Pinto said. “A resolution of this sort should not be longer than a page.”

Councilman Jeff Hmara, who serves as Royal Palm Beach’s representative on the Palm Beach County League of Cities, said he requested from the league an example of a resolution that might address gun control. He was given one approved in August 2016 by Lauderhill following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead in June of that year.

RELATED: Royal Palm Beach OKs stronger definition of ‘dangerous dogs’

“It focused heavily upon military-grade, high-capacity magazine assault weapons,” Hmara said.

He thinks a better approach for Royal Palm Beach is to voice support for ongoing legislative efforts, including Gov. Rick Scott’s recently released, nearly $500 million multi-point plan to improve school safety and increase gun control in Florida.

“Which says, maybe we’re finally getting our arms around the notion that this is not a simple problem, this is not just banning one weapon and that type of thing, that’s going to actually address this meaningfully,” Hmara said. “Even just a generic support of this kind of legislative initiative I think might be a good thing for us.”

Council members Jan Rodusky, Selena Smith and Richard Valuntas agreed, but said they want to see the draft resolution.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Parkland school shooting

“One I see something I can have a better understanding,” but I’m not opposed to drafting something,” Smith said. “I would just need to see it before I agree.”

Pinto suggested the resolution should mention the idea of “common-sense legislation.” He also said he wants to make clear that the village supports the Second Amendment. “We’re not looking to abridge or take away any right the Second Amendment provides,” he said.

The council directed village attorney Jennifer Ashton to draft a succinct resolution to be discussed at a later council meeting. Ashton suggested the resolution should be addressed to Congress as well as state lawmakers, because this is the final week of Florida’s legislative session.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Coach: Spanish River football player hospitalized with brain injury
Coach: Spanish River football player hospitalized with brain injury

As law enforcement officers and EMTs responded to a shooting during a Palm Beach Central High School football game Friday night, first responders were also called to another football game near Boca Raton after a student suffered a head injury following a tackle.  Miles Levine, a senior defensive back and receiver for Spanish River, was injured...
Officer who acted to stop Wellington victim’s bleeding downplays role
Officer who acted to stop Wellington victim’s bleeding downplays role

If hands held guns that spilled blood, recognize and remember other hands, too. They reached out, at a critical and chaotic moment, to stop the flow of blood from a man’s body. A school district police officer said on Sunday that yes, he was the one applying pressure to the wound of a shooting victim near the football field at Palm Beach Central...
Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say
Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say

Firefighters battling the Ferguson Fire in California announced Sunday that the blaze is fully contained, KFSN reported. >> Read more trending news  The fire has raged in Mariposa County and around Yosemite National Park since July 13, scorching 96,901 acres and destroying 10 structures, The Sacramento Bee reported. Two firefighters...
Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million
Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

A road jersey worn by New York Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle in 1964 sold for $1.32 million Saturday night, Sports Collectors Daily reported. The final price in the Heritage Auctions Summer Platinum Night sale, which included a 20 percent buyer’s premium, was a record price paid for any Mantle jersey. >> Read...
Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire
Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire

Shots were fired after an unknown person entered a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after getting an invitation on social media and going to the wrong address, police said. >> Read more trending news  Portsmouth police responded after hearing gunshots and a resident reporting an unknown man had entered her home. The caller said she...
More Stories