Florida governments have been taking people’s guns, but law’s far from perfect | Reisman

Florida governments have been taking people's guns, but law's far from perfect | Reisman

The Florida Senate passed a $400 million security package that will impose longer waiting periods for gun purchases and allow some teachers and staff to carry guns in the classroom. USA TODAY Americans are divided on many things, including gun control. But there’s one gun-control issue that has broad support, according to a poll taken in March by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago: “More than 8 in 10 Americans favor a federal law preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns,” the AP reported March 23. Earlier in March, just three weeks after the Valentine’s Day massacre at a Parkland high school, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a series of gun-control proposals . Buy Photo Among those measures is a 14-page law designed to temporarily prevent people “at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms.” Among the tests used to determine whether guns can be seized is whether “the person poses a significant danger, including danger as a result of a dangerous mental health crisis or violent behavior.” In other words, the vast majority of mentally ill people are free to continue to possess weapons in Florida. That’s OK. Most mentally ill Floridians are not dangerous and should retain their constitutional right to bear arms. To do otherwise would stigmatize mental illness even more. But not everyone will get to keep their guns. As of mid-May on the Treasure Coast, judges had ordered two residents […]

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