Broward County leads Fla. in seizing guns under ‘red flag’ law passed after Parkland school shooting

Broward County leads Fla. in seizing guns under ‘red flag’ law passed after Parkland school shooting

[Ed. – First they came for our guns…]

Since the Parkland school shootings, police in Broward County have seized guns from private citizens more often than any county in Florida.

As of Thursday, police had obtained 34 court orders under a new law that allows guns to be taken from people considered at risk of harming themselves or others.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel surveyed courts throughout the state to determine how many orders have been issued. Eighteen of the state;s 20 districts responded, including the larger ones. No other district came close to Broward’s numbers — Miami-Dade county has issued four, the Tampa area has issued three, and the Orlando area has issued six, the second highest number in the state.

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The Florida Legislature passed the red flag law on March 9 as part of a package of gun control legislation in response to Nikolas Cruz’s deadly rampage through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 and injured 17. Some find it controversial, worrying that it will be overused and infringe on people’s right to own guns. Others believe it is a public safety tool long needed by police.

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