North Dakota May Have Dodged a Bullet Because the Way Florida Is Using Its “Red Flag Law” Sure Looks Like Mass Confiscation

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

When I interviewed Rep. Hanson about her proposed bill last year, she gave the strong impression that this process was designed to be used in extraordinary circumstances. She stressed that orders to remove guns would be sought in emergencies.

Yet that doesn’t seem to be what’s happening in Florida. “The law, supported by legislators of both parties, has been applied more than 3,500 times,” the AP reports, noting that the pace at which the law is used is “accelerating.”

The AP analyzed county-by-county order rates and found that in one part of the state, one citizen in 850 had their guns removed.

PolitiFact found the law was being used about five times a day.

Does that sound like a tool being used by law enforcement in only extraordinary circumstances?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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