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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz launches effort to legalize fireworks

9:48 AM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has filed a bill (HB 4005) that would repeal a fireworks ban in the state.

Currently, the state law limits sales to devices like sparklers, while banning the sales of big ticket items like bottle rockets. But a loophole allows the sale of fireworks to people who sign a statement saying they have an exemption to the law.

SEE ALSO: Fireworks rules differ from county to county

The new bill, filed on Aug. 27, would repeal: 

  • Provisions relating to testing and approval of sparklers and registration of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of sparklers
  • Provisions relating to the sale and use of fireworks
  • Provisions relating to bond of licensees

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