Hundreds To County Commission: Don't Mess With Gun Laws!

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By: Matt Galka
November 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Private gun sellers at gun shows, flea markets, garage sales, etc., don't have to run the mandatory three to five day background checks that public gun dealers do.

It's called the "gun show loophole." Leon County Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley would like to see that loophole closed. Since she proposed that at the last Leon County Commission meeting in October, more than 400 emails have flooded her office.

"Kind of these very redundant 'just say no, just say no,' and 'don't take my gun away,' and 'don't stomp on the second amendment,' and things that are not really relevant to the discussion," said Lindley.

Private citizens can't run background checks. They'd have to turn the gun over to a licensed dealer. Leon County officials say it would cost about $100,000 a year to assign a deputy to enforce the rule.

Gun lobbyist and former National Rifle Association president Marion Hammer says the county is wasting their time.

"In essence, they're going to be forcing people, if they pass this unwise ordinance, to pay somebody to get around the law to do the background checks for them, to pay licensed dealers. In effect, they're going to raise the costs," said Hammer

There has been no official ordinance proposal. The Issue will be back as an agenda item in January.

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