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Oldsmar gets gun laws off the books




OLDSMAR -  The city of Oldsmar Wednesday joined the ranks of other Florida cities and counties, which have rushed to repeal ordinances against discharging firearms within their city limits. For years, the ordinances have been illegal because state law prevents cities and counties from regulating guns. But a new law, set to take effect Oct. 1, allows judgments of up to $100,000 against local governments that enforce such laws. It also says local officials could be fired and fined up to $5,000. At Wednesday night’s city meeting, Oldsmar’s City Council also deleted language in city regulations that restricted the sale of firearms during emergencies and language that prohibited the possession of firearms in city parks. A second vote is required to finalize the changes to city regulations, which still prohibit hunting and trapping animals in parks. Council member Linda Norris said she supports the Second Amendment, but feels the legislation goes too far. “We’re not allowed to have bows and arrows or slingshots in a park, but we can have a gun.” A number of cities, including St. Petersburg, Brooksville and Tarpon Springs, are amending local regulations to deal with the new state law.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 8:41am]


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