Reporter Breaks Down Effects Of Florida Red Flag Law

posted by Ryan Gorman - 

KEY TAKEAWAYS: 

  • Red flag law is sometimes known as a "gun violence restraining order" and allows officials to restrict someone's access to guns or other weapons after a person shows "red flags". If they are found to be a threat by a judge, they will have to surrender firearms and ammunition. 
  • This is the measure that was taken following the tragic Parkland school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 
  • The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has dedicated an entire unit to carry out these orders. The team is comprised of 5 members that are devoted to solely investigating and working on these Red Flag cases. 
  • Not all cases are approved by the judge. A judge reviews criminal reports and mental health checks among other factors when determining their ruling. 

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