Florida passes "red flag" bill and moves fast to confiscate guns

Upshur County's Constable Gene Dolle brought this matter to our attention.  The following is the story Dolle referred to: 

More than 450 people in Florida ordered to give up guns under new law, report says.

"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."   READ MORE

Constable Dolle testified, in Austin, before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday, June 25, 2018.  Dolle's testimony was very compelling.  In summary, Dolle advised Chairman Joe Moody and the Committee that Texas has laws on the books covering those who make threats or struggling with mental illness. He also spoke about his vast experience in law enforcement and specifically, his experience with those having a rough time -- how he has helped them -- and the dangers of passing a "red flag" law in Texas.   

When asked for a quote, Dolle said,

"I believe this could happen in Texas under some kind of special protection order.  We had better keep our eyes open."

Last week, "a select committee of the Texas Senate concluded its hearing on proposed “red flag” laws, the leader of the Texas Senate came out strongly against them.

In a statement, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick formally condemned the legislation, which Second Amendment advocates warned would lead to law abiding and innocent citizens being stripped of their rights without due process.

“Regarding the topic of ‘Red Flag’ laws, which was discussed today in the select committee, I have never supported these policies, nor has the majority of the Texas Senate. A bill offered last session garnered little support,” said Patrick in a statement. " READ MORE