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County can't ban assault-rifle sales, attorney says



Hillsborough County commissioner Les Miller last Wednesday asked the county attorney's office to review whether local governments can ban the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines and require universal background checks on people buying guns.

New County Attorney Chip Fletcher was quick with a response.

In a memo Friday, Fletcher opined that the state law makes regulation of guns and ammunition the perview of the legislature. That likely extends to magazine size regulation, as well, he writes. Local governments can require background checks. Hillsborough County already does. But as this story from the Tampa Bay Times Sunday indicates, the law goes largely unenforced.

See Fletcher's memo here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 8, 2013 7:25pm]


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