A Post-Parkland Florida Gun Law Could Force Hundreds Of People To Give Up Their Firearms

A Post-Parkland Florida Gun Law Could Force Hundreds Of People To Give Up Their Firearms

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Five months after the Valentine’s Day school shooting that launched a wave of gun control activism across the United States, laws passed in the wake of the massacre are having tangible impacts. In Florida, more than 450 people considered to be threats have been ordered to give up their guns since Gov. Rick Scott signed a post-Parkland Florida gun law on March 9, according to local ABC station WFTS. Although some people still oppose the act, state courts and law enforcement are determinedly working together to use the anti-gun violence tool. Under the Risk Protection Act, Floridians who are considered to pose a threat to themselves or others can be subjected to a court order that allows police to confiscate their guns. The "red flag" law drew national attention in late March when a judge granted one of these orders against the Parkland shooter’s brother , who was caught trespassing on the school’s campus. According to WFTS, 467 risk protection cases have been filed throughout the state since the law’s passage. In Pinellas County, every one of the 64 cases filed has been granted by a judge. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the station that his team has worked to ensure that they’re keeping the community safe without violating anyone’s rights. "It’s a constitutional right to bear arms," he said. "When you are asking the court to deprive somebody of that right we need to make sure we are making good decisions, right decisions, and the circumstances warrant […]

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