VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Citing a long forgotten and never used county ordinance, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office is preparing to close the so-called 'gun show loophole.'
The amendment, which passed with more than 70 percent of the vote, was written in the aftermath of a shooting rampage by Hank Earl Carr that left a
Following the passage of the amendment, 11 counties including Orange and Volusia implemented the ordinance requiring a background check for any handgun sold at any venue that is publicly accessible; including flea markets and gun shows.
Believing the county ordinance was in conflict with state law, in October of 2011, Orange County commissioners repealed the ordinance. Volusia didn't repeal the ordinance, it simply went unenforced. However, in early 2013, it was brought to the county's attention that the ordinance was still on the
"We don't get to pick and choose what laws and ordinances we enforce, and unfortunately we weren't aware of the ordinance until recently" said Gary Davidson of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the private seller must sign the firearm over to a licensed seller who then conducts the background check. For a $5 fee, FDLE then checks the purchaser's name in a national database.
"This is a
The ordinance provides exemptions for people holding a valid concealed weapons permit issued by the State of
Violations of the ordinance will be classified as a second-degree misdemeanor.
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