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Florida 'red flag' gun law used 3,500 times since Parkland

The Florida Red Flag Law has been used on more than 1,000 people since it was passed last year. (MGN)
The Florida Red Flag Law has been used on more than 1,000 people since it was passed last year. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 10:33 AM EST
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A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after a 2018 high school massacre.

Supporters say the measure is needed because the suspect who authorities say killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland two years ago was able to buy guns despite a history of psychotic behavior.

Opponents say it violates the right to bear arms and the right against unlawful seizures of property.

An Associated Press analysis shows the law is being used unevenly around the state.

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2/14/2020 10:08:25 AM (GMT -5:00)

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