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    The first person to have his guns confiscated under Florida’s 2018 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has been found guilty over his refusal to voluntarily surrender the weapons.

    Jerron Smith, 33, now faces up to five years in prison after a jury in Broward County rejected his argument that he did not fully understand the new law. The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Friday after a short trial.

    Smith, of Deerfield Beach, was the subject of a risk protection order soon after the law was enacted in response to the Parkland high school mass shooting in February 2018.


    Jerron Smih, 31, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., had his AR-15 semiautomatic weapon confiscated, becoming the first person to have his guns seized under Florida's 2018 "red flag" law.. (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

    Smith owned an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle which Broward deputies seized after his arrest in March 2018 on charges of firing six shots at a vehicle being driven by his best friend, according to reports.

    Smith is facing trial on an attempted murder charge in connection with that incident. He was accused of firing at his friend with a Glock handgun that deputies also took, according to reports.

    Florida’s "red flag" law allows authorities to obtain a court order to confiscate weapons from people who pose a danger to themselves and others. Florida is one of 15 states with such laws.

    At the time Smith's guns were seized, a local TV station, citing a neighbor, reported that Smith was an Army veteran.

    “He spent a lot of money for his weaponry,” the neighbor, Lorenzo Brown, told WPLG-TV. “It’s crazy. You just got to live around here to know what’s going on.”

    A sentencing date has not been set.

    These idiotic red flag laws needs to be brought before the SCOTUS, so they can be slapped down as unconstitutional.
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    Smith owned an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle which Broward deputies seized after his arrest in March 2018 on charges of firing six shots at a vehicle being driven by his best friend, according to reports.

    Smith is facing trial on an attempted murder charge in connection with that incident. He was accused of firing at his friend with a Glock handgun that deputies also took, according to reports.
    Why is the 'Red Flag' law necessary in this case?
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    My first reaction was panic. I'm in Florida, my sister hates me, the sheriff has gone by my place the last two days. But then I read where he shot into a vehicle. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
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    The three day waiting period for any gun also needs to be struck down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Why is the 'Red Flag' law necessary in this case?
    Smith is facing trial on an attempted murder charge in connection with that incident. He was accused of firing at his friend with a Glock handgun that deputies also took, according to reports.

    Florida’s "red flag" law allows authorities to obtain a court order to confiscate weapons from people who pose a danger to themselves and others.

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    the RFL were written to take guns BEFORE someone does something; this guy fired his gun, so this is attempted murder - RFL should not be applicable
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    This whole story doesn't make sense. Was the protection order in place before he started shooting at cars?

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    "RFL". A law which stipulated enforcement of an existing law?

    This reporting is badly written and serves to show how low journalism standards AND our societies laws have fallen. But then, today's "jernalists" were just yesterdays bloggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhills View Post
    This whole story doesn't make sense. Was the protection order in place before he started shooting at cars?
    You never hear the whole truth in the news, just what will get your attention.

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    As I have said several times in this blog, "Red Flag laws" are one of the most dangerous laws ever enacted, you can be accused and convicted before you even know that you are being accused.
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