BY BUDDY NEVINS
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has tangled with the National Rifle Association more than once.
It took place in Tallahassee when Seiler was in the Florida House.
Seiler’s speech on the House floor against the NRA’s Stand Your Ground Law has been cited by supporters of Tryvon Martin. He’s the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot by George Zimmerman who is using Stand You Ground as his defense.
Seiler got under the NRA’s skin by arguing that Florida needed to protect the water supply from gun range lead poisoning.
Now as Fort Lauderdale’s mayor, Seiler is questioning why the city-owned War Memorial Auditorium allows eight unregulated gun shows-a-year.
The mayor wants an open discussion by the commission. He is questioning whether the city should host such an event in Holiday Park near playgrounds and ball fields packed with children.
“Its not because the show is in a city facility,” Seiler told Browardbeat.com. “I brought it up because of the show’s proximity to the parks, playgrounds, ballfields and the children in them. I would like a full discussion.”
Gun lovers shouldn’t worry, though.
The city has a contract with the show promoters until the end of the year.
“We’re not going to breach a contract,” Seiler said.
So any discussion would only concern a renewal of the contract in 2014.