New Data Suggest Florida Cops Have Broad Power to Take Away People’s Second Amendment Rights

In Broward County, judges almost never reject police petitions for gun confiscation orders.

by Jacob Sullum

A new report on Florida’s “red flag” law claims Broward County’s experience with gun confiscation orders confirms that they prevent suicides and homicides while guaranteeing due process for people accused of posing a threat to themselves or others. But the analysis by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (GLC), based on 255 police petitions filed in the year ending March 9, 2019, actually reinforces the civil liberties concerns raised by red flag laws. In particular, it shows that the judges who are supposed to decide whether someone poses enough of a threat to justify suspending his Second Amendment rights almost always defer to the conclusions reached by law enforcement agencies.

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