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Broward sheriff touts Florida ‘Red Flag’ laws

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Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony speaks at a news conference announcing the opening a new 2,600-square-foot strategic command and intelligence center, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The center, located at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, is expected to monitor live video feeds at more than 260 public schools and administrative buildings across the county. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua

FORT LAUDERDALE- Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony says Florida’s Red Flag laws are helping to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

Tony said on Wednesday that law enforcement agencies can submit a ‘Risk Protection Order’ (RPO) for people who own weapons and may be an immediate threat to themselves or the community.

The petition is reviewed by a judge who can then order a person’s guns be taken away for as little as 14 days or as long as a year.

“Since it launched in 2018 we ended up submitting 400 RPOs [with] 400 approvals and we removed about 750 firearms from the community,” Tony said.

The Risk Protection Order law was enacted by then Gov. Rick Scott following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in February of 2018.

Tony’s comments come as the U.S. House and Senate take up legislation to restrict gun ownership in the wake of the tragedy in Uvalde, TX. that left 21 dead.