Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Banning “Picketing and Protesting” Outside a Private Home
( Gateway Pundit )
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law on Monday that prohibits “picketing and protesting” outside a private residence.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1571 in the wake of abortion protests. The bill will make it unlawful to picket outside Florida residences and be considered a second-degree misdemeanor.
“Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law.”
The new law will take effect on October 1.
Anyone who protests in front of a private residence in Florida can face jail time and fines under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Monday. The legislation makes it a second-degree misdemeanor to protest in a manner that is aimed at intentionally harassing or disturbing someone in their home. Violators face 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500. Protesters can only be arrested after ignoring law enforcement’s orders to disperse, however. The governor said the new law will prevent protests in Florida like those waged by abortion rights protesters in front of U.S. Supreme Court justices’ homes in Virginia.
As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, over 400 pro-abortion protests were taking place nationwide on Saturday, kicking off what the media is calling the “Summer of Rage.”
The protests were organized by Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March, and other pro-abortion groups.