Hundreds of gun owners in Florida have been ordered to give up their guns under a new law that took effect after the deadly Parkland shooting in February, according to a report published Monday.
The Risk Protection Order, 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 have been deemed by a judge to possibly be a threat to themselves or others.
Roughly 200 firearms have been confiscated in the state since the law was enacted, Sgt. Jason Schmittendorf, of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, told WFTS-TV. “Around 30,000 rounds of ammunition” were also taken, he said.
A five-person team in the county that’s worked solely on the risk protection law reportedly has filed 64 risk protection petitions in court. Broward County, according to the news outlet, has filed 88 risk protection petitions since March.
“It’s a constitutional right to bear arms and when you are asking the court to deprive somebody of that right we need to make sure we are making good decisions, right decisions and the circumstances warrant it,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the station in defense of the task force.
Every petition filed under the order in Pinellas County has so far been granted by the judge, according to the report.
The first gun seizure under the law occurred in April when Florida authorities confiscated an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle from an Army veteran.
Jerron Smith’s gun was seized when he refused to surrender it voluntarily, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said at the time. The officers also seized a .22 caliber rifle he owned, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bump stock and numerous other weapon-related items.
In addition to confiscating guns, the law also raised the age to buy a rifle to 21 and established a three-day waiting period on gun purchases.
Meanwhile, gun control cities are in a grim competition for “Most Murders in 2018”.
Despite the fact that gun control has caused a massacre of epic proportions, and that the deaths caused by their policies surpass those lost fighting in Afghanistan. Speaking of Afghanistan, when your city (Chicago) has more murders than Kabul, your ideas of preventing violence with gun control are obviously completely wrong.
Yet despite the fact that more people are carrying firearms legally than ever before, following its peak in the early-’90s, the national murder rate has declined steadily, yet remains incredibly high in Democrat-ruled cities with gun control laws, as shown in the graphic below.
In Chicago, the death toll mounts as the weather warms and the ‘hood rats start hunting each other.
According to HeyJackass.com, a website that tracks the futility of Chicago’s gun policies reports that to date in 2018: Shot & Killed: 139, Shot & Wounded: 707, Total Shot: 846, Total Homicides: 168
Let us not forget another hub of death and mayhem in the USA, Los Angeles, another gun control city with more criminals with guns than honest people without, 598 were murdered over the last 12 months.
The upward trend in the national murder rate is attributed to sharp increases in crime in a handful of American cities. In Chicago, for example, the murder rate nearly doubled between 2014 and 2016. Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky, saw comparable spikes.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks murder rates through its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which draws on data that cities and other jurisdictions send to the bureau. The 2017 report will not be public until the Fall of 2018.
Yet despite the mountains of evidence proving that states with open-carry have dramatically lower murder rates, Democrats insist on preaching gun control.
Perhaps it’s not about the guns, but the control?
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 31st, 2018