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Hundreds of Florida residents ordered to give up guns under new law

August 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Hundreds of Florida residents ordered to give up guns under new law

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Hundreds of Flordia gun owners have been required to give up their guns under a new law that went into effect after the horrific Parkland shooting that took place back in February.

The Risk Protection Order, which was signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott three weeks after a gunman murdered 17 people at Stoneman Douglas, intends to temporarily remove weapons from gun owners who have been considered by a judge to potentially be a threat to themselves or others.

Approximately 200 guns have been seized in the state since the law went into effect, according to Sergeant Jason Schmittendorf, of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. “30,000 rounds of ammunition” were also confiscated, he noted.

A five-person crew in the county that’s worked solely on the risk protection legislation has filed 64 risk protection petitions, WIRK reported.

Broward County has filed 88 risk protection petitions since March.

“It’s a right to bear arms, and when you are asking the court to deprive of that right we need to make sure we are making good decisions and the circumstances warrant it,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri stated in defense of the task force.

The judge has so far conceded every petition that was registered under the order in Pinellas County.

The first seizure under the law took place in April when Florida officials seized an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle from an Army veteran.

Jerron Smith’s firearm was taken when he declined to surrender it voluntarily, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced at the time. The officers also seized a .22 caliber rifle he owned, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bump stock, and many other weapon-related items.

Along with confiscating guns, the law also increased the age to purchased a rifle to 21 and implemented a three-day waiting period on gun buys.

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