Orange County aims to close gun-law ‘loophole,’ require background checks

Orange County commissioners take aim today at a gun-law loophole that allows the sale of firearms at gun shows without a three-day waiting period. A delay allows authorities to check the eligibility of buyers and block sales to felons and others disqualified from possessing guns. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs , in her final year as the county’s top elected official, called for the public hearing on the proposed ordinance last month in the wake of the shootings at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida. Armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz arrived at the South Florida school in an Uber on Feb. 14 and began firing at students and teachers, Broward County deputy sheriffs said. He is charged with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others at the school in Parkland, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale . Like the attack on the Pulse nightclub in June 2016 — where a lone gunman armed with an assault weapon killed 49 people — the school slaughter prompted protests and calls for stricter gun laws. Both the shooter at Pulse and at Parkland legally acquired their weapons. Under recently changed state law, Cruz, who was 18, could not buy the gun he used. If approved by commissioners today, the new Orange County ordinance would restore a three-day waiting period restriction which the county repealed seven years ago to avoid what county attorneys called "draconian penalties" from a controversial state law. The 2011 […]

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