Kriseman considers lawsuit over gun laws

- St. Petersburg's mayor is the latest elected official to express interest in a lawsuit that would change Florida gun laws in a way that would give each city more control.

Mayor Rick Kriseman says he is interested in joining 10 other mayors from South Florida in a lawsuit that challenges state leaders over a law that he says prevents his city from making their own gun laws.

"We would like to be able to have a say over what happens in our communities," Kriseman told FOX 13 Friday after attending a mayor’s conference in Orlando on the issue earlier in the week. 

A state law, passed in 1987 bans cities and counties from passing their own gun regulations. 

"[In St. Petersburg] we'd like to be able to take a look at high capacity magazines and armor piercing bullets," Kriseman said. 

In 2011, the law got even tougher, by threatening local leaders who try to pass gun regulations with a $5,000 fine or removed from office.

“We risk getting removed from office for even talking about it,” Kriseman said. 

He is asking city attorneys to take a look at the suit to see if St. Pete will join in. 

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