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Hillsborough County Extends Waiting Period To Buy Firearms

May 3, 2018
Originally published on May 3, 2018 8:22 am

In a move prompted by the Parkland high school shooting, the waiting period to purchase a firearm in Hillsborough 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. 

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.