By Tom Knighton
One of the problems with red flag laws is that unless the laws are written very specifically, they’re ripe for abuse. People can use these laws to punish enemies, for example, by claiming they’re a threat and having the courts forcibly disarm law-abiding citizens, even if only for a short period of time.
Apparently, in Florida, this is happening far more often than anyone should be comfortable with.
Since the ‘red flag’ law was enacted in March, Florida authorities have filed more than 400 orders to seize firearms from gun owners or ban them from owning one due to perceived risk to themselves or others, WFTS-TV reported.
Although the laws are intended to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, some feel the Risk Protection Act violates citizens’ rights.
“I think we’re doing this because it makes us feel safer,” attorney Kendra Parris said. “It violates the constitution.”
Parris, who represents some citizens targeted by the risk protection orders, said the law is written so vaguely that it is impacting people who are not really a threat to anyone.
“These are individuals who are often exercising their First Amendment rights online, who are protecting constitutionally protected speech …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms