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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:32 PM

Florida Red Flag Gun Law Used 3,500 Times Since Parkland

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don’t know why I don’t go on a killing spree.” A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a motorcyclist.

All four Florida residents had their guns taken away by judges under a “red flag” law the state passed three weeks after authorities say a mentally disturbed man killed 17 people in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland two years ago Friday.

The law, supported by legislators of both parties , has been applied more than 3,500 times since, with the pace accelerating during the last half of 2019. Even so, an Associated Press analysis of the law showed its use is inconsistent, with some counties and cities using it rarely and others not at all.

Advocates of Florida’s red flag measure say before it existed, it was often difficult to remove firearms from those making threats or suffering severe mental breakdowns. Investigators did not act on reports that the Parkland shooter was threatening to carry out a school massacre. But even if they had, it is likely he would have been allowed to keep his guns because he had no felony convictions or involuntary, long-term mental commitments, they say.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who leads a commission that investigated the massacre’s causes, says the shooter would have easily qualified for a red flag order. Gualtieri says while it is impossible to say that would have prevented the shooting, the gunman wouldn’t have been able to legally buy weapons or ammunition, making his preparation difficult.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 04:47 AM

1. i think most of those cases are justified

but i'm sure most of our di posters will disagree.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 05:35 AM

2. "I think"

Based on nothing more than hatred for righty.

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 06:18 AM

3. based on a little respect for the law enforcement and judges of florida

not all of whom are cowardly and corrupt.

do you think only "righty" is waving the red flag?

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Response to rampartb (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 15, 2020, 06:25 AM

4. So, just a personal supposition.

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