Hillsborough County extends waiting period to buy firearms from 3 to 5 days

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 20:44:50-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in one Florida county is now five days.

Hillsborough County Commissioners on Wednesday voted 5-2 to lengthen the so-called “cooling off period” from three days to five despite protests from local gun store owners and Second Amendment activists. Hillsborough County is on Florida’s west coast, and includes the city of Tampa.


State law prohibits local governments from passing gun control measures, but the state Constitution, which mandates a three-day waiting period on handgun purchases, allows counties the flexibility to make it five days.

Critics of the plan say there’s no evidence that extending “cooling-off” periods works. Critics say the measure will drive customers to gun stores in neighboring counties that don’t have the longer waiting period.