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As the U.S. embarked on a weekend that ended up seeing 11 mass shootings, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure that takes the power to regulate guns away from local governments in the state.

Signed by DeSantis on Friday, SB 1884 expands a 2011 law that makes local governments liable for up to $100,000 in damages if they’re sued for imposing gun regulations on residents; it will go into effect on July 1st. Representative Cord Byrd, the author of the bill, says it was designed to “send a message” to local governments and protecting Second Amendment rights.

According to the Sun Sentinel, opponents have argued that cities and counties should not be penalized for trying to protect their residents from gun violence. “If the state doesn’t want to take any action against the gun lobby, stop prohibiting local governments from doing that,” says Representative Anna Eskamani, a Democrat.

Since 1987, Florida has blocked cities and counties from passing any regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws, and the penalties in the 2011 law were put into place to strengthen that “preemption.”