More than 450 people in Florida ordered to give up guns under the new law, report says



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Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida law that increases the minimum age for the purchase of rifles and sets some school staff armed; Garrett Tenney reports on the NRA’s response.

Hundreds of gun owners in Florida have been ordered to keep their guns under a new law after the deadly Park shooting in February, according to a report published Monday.

The Protection against Risks To, signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott just three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas, aims to temporarily remove weapons from gun owners who are deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others.


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About 200 firearms have been seized in the state since the law was enacted, Sgt. Jason Schmittendorf, of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, told WFTS-TV. “About 30,000 rounds of ammunition” were also taken, he said.

A five-person team in the province worked exclusively on the protection against risks right allegedly submitted 64 protection against risks of petitions to the court. Broward County, according to the news outlet, has filed 88 protection against risks of petitions since March.

“It is a constitutional right to bear arms and when you ask the court to deprive someone of that right, we must ensure that we make good decisions, the right decisions and the circumstances so warrant,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the station in the defense of the task force.

Each petition submitted under the order in Pinellas County has so far been awarded by the court, according to the report.


The first gun seizure under the law was in the month of April when Florida authorities confiscated an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle of a Military veteran.

Jerron Smith ‘s weapon was confiscated when he refused to give it voluntarily, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said at the time. The officers also seized a .22 caliber rifle he held, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bump in inventory, and numerous other weapon-related items.

In addition to the seizure of weapons, the law also raised the age to buy a rifle to 21, determine that there is a three-day waiting period on gun purchases.

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