county's 'Gun show loophole' to remain open
The "gun show loophole" will remain open in Pasco County for the foreseeable future. County commissioners agreed Tuesday to hold off on a public hearing on the matter that had been set for March 19 at the urging of Assistant County Attorney Kristi Sims, who pointed out the bevy of lawsuits pending on the issue. "We were told by Hillsborough County that they're not enforcing their local options regulations," she said. "In Pinellas, they have been sued in state and federal court over their regulations." Sims said it could take up to year for those matters to be resolved. "I think it would be prudent to get as much information as possible," said Commissioner Pat Mulieri, who supported tightening the rules. Commissioner Jack Mariano, who opposed the proposal, said he thought the county should approve a resolution supporting the Second Amendment. Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. agreed. "We do a resolution for the soccer club," he said. "Why not the Second Amendment?" The idea drew criticism from Mulieri, who questioned where it would stop. "I think if we do it for one we need to do it for all," she said. "I'm not signing it." State law requires a background check for gun sales at retail shops (as well as a three-day waiting period for handgun sales), but leaves the rules for gun shows up to the counties.
Motocross rider handcuffs county
An international motocross racer whose backyard race track was under fire for annoying neighbors at all hours avoided the wrath of county commissioners on Tuesday by transferring the property to his children's trust. Chad Reed, who lives in gated Lake Jovita but operates the track on land between Dade City and Zephyrhills, was set to have his conditional use permit possibly revoked by the county. But a clause said the permit privileges end when the land is sold or transferred. So his action left the county unable to do anything. However, neighbors said the racing is continuing despite the lack of a permit. "He's violating it this very minute," said Melissa Stall, who was on the phone with another neighbor who was near the property. Carol Clarke, the county's chief deputy planning director, said code enforcement officials were looking into the matter. "Appropriate action will be taken," she said. Commissioners been dealing with Reed since 2004 when he received approval for two indoor tracks on 4 acres, which allowed as many as three riders at one time. But in 2009 he began building a third course — dirt tracks and jumps meandering through 11 acres — without going back to the county. That's when he sought the conditional use permit, which commissioners granted in exchange for limiting the hours of operation.
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