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Hillsborough Commissioners vote to extend waiting period to purchase firearms from 3 to 5 days

Posted at 9:21 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 17:33:22-05

The Latest Developments: 

  • A ban on assault-style weapons in Hillsborough County failed to get a second
  • Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to extend the waiting period to purchase a firearm from 3 to 5 days (Yes Votes: Crist, Higginbotham, Miller, Murman No Votes: White)
  • Commissioners pass motion to make it a misdemeanor for posting threats on social media against schools and day cares. The staff will draft an ordinance that will come back to the Commission for discussion and votes later. 
  • The votes approves the motions to go to the next step

Watch the vote below:




HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — On Wednesday, Hillsborough County commissioners voted on whether to pursue a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons in the county.

The proposal was presented by Commissioner Les Miller last week, who said he would like to see three separate ordinances in the county. One of them would ban the sale of assault weapons. The other one would raise the waiting period for obtaining a firearm to the maximum. The last ordinance would make it a misdemeanor if there is a threat against a school.




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A 2011 law imposes a $5,000 fine on municipal officials who try to enact local gun rules. The law also gives Florida's governor the authority to remove mayors and commissioners enacting their own gun rules.



This decision comes weeks after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida killing 17 people.

Hillsborough County commissioners plan to discuss the sale of assault-style weapons at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.