Hillsborough commissioners explore assault-weapons ban, sort of
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner had just won support for creating a task force to study violence prevention when fellow Democrat Les Miller dropped a bomb. He asked the board's support to have the county attorney explore whether the county could pursue bans on assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.
Surprisingly, most of the board's Republican supermajority went along, with Mark Sharpe casting the lone no vote.
"They may come back to us and say, as a county, we can't do it," Miller said. "I'm just asking them to take a look at it. I didn't say take anyone's arms. I didn't say put them in jail because they have an Uzi."
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