On Friday, Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins reported that authorities in Florida confiscated the guns and ammunition of a 56-year-old Lighthouse Point resident, who, the Orlando Sentinel said, was “taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric treatment” under the state’s Baker Act.
According to the report, “four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition” were taken from the man. The firearms seized were listed as “a Ruger LCP .380 pistol, an M2 Mauser .45 pistol, a Charter Arms .357 mag snub nose revolver and a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun.”
The paper notes that “the civil ruling removing his access to guns and ammunition was granted under … new legislation — which permits confiscating guns from people who have not been committed but are deemed a potential risk to themselves or others, according to the order signed by Broward’s Chief Judge Jack Tuter.”
The confiscatory order also bars the man from making new firearm or ammunition purchases.
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On March 9, Breitbart News reported that Gov. Scott signed a $400 million gun bill that includes orders which allows a family member or law enforcement to petition a judge to order the seizure of an individual’s firearms. The bill also put waiting periods in place for long gun purchases, raised the minimum purchase age for long gun purchases (from 18 to 21), and banned bump stocks.
“This is not about the Second Amendment and it’s not about the NRA,” said Mayor Glenn Troast. “We need commonsense gun laws and this is a commonsense gun law that gives police officers new tools they need to help us protect our community.”
The Sentinel said the action was “taken after the man turned off the main electrical breakers to the condo building in Lighthouse Point, court records show. The South Florida Sun Sentinel is not identifying the man because of his medical condition.”
The man told officers he “was being targeted and burglarized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a neighbor who lives in [his] building,” the judge wrote in his order. “[He] could not describe the neighbor but stated that the neighbor [can] ‘shape shift, he can change heights and I’m not sure where he comes from’ and ‘to be honest, he looks like Osama Bin Laden.’”
He also told officers that he had to turn off the electrical breakers because “they are electrocuting me through my legs.”
Officers said they saw weapons in his home after they were called to check on his welfare. They also found evidence he had “a voluminous amount of notes containing numerous references to former President Barack Obama, that he was killed in the 1980s but came back and now murders children to place their spirits into [the man’s] head, is a member of [al-Qaida], and is [the man’s] enemy,” the judge wrote in his order.
It’s not known when the man will be released from his involuntary commitment, the report said.
This is the first such action under Florida law, but, Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata said, “it’s certainly not going to be the last.” The Sentinel further said that “officers have had interactions with the man over a number of years but none of them had risen to the level that would have warranted removing the man’s access to guns.”
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