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Florida’s red flag law, which confiscates firearms from people who have committed gun violence or are determined to be at-risk, has removed hundreds of guns from Florida homes but has been enforced inconsistently throughout the state, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

The measure was a bipartisan effort passed by the Florida legislature after a man killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., two years ago.

The article goes on to state the following:

Under this law, police agencies file a request to a civil judge citing evidence that the person in question has engaged in suspicious behavior. A judge then holds a hearing and decides whether to confiscate their weapons for a year, after which police agencies are able to renew the request. Though the law has been successful in removing guns from potentially dangerous individuals, the level of enforcement depends on the city and county level, with some places reporting not using it at all.

Opponents of the law call it unconstitutional and ineffective.

The Hill cites two instances in Highlands County where people who had their “weapons confiscated died by suicide through other means.”

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin tweeted, “Florida’s ‘red flag’ gun law has been used 3,500 times since Parkland.

“The law, supported by legislators of both parties, has been applied more than 3,500 times since Parkland, with the pace accelerating during the last half of 2019. ”

J.D. Scholten, a Democratic candidate for Congress against Steve King in Iowa, tweeted, “Our nation mourned 17 deaths in Parkland in 2018. We sent thoughts & prayers, rallied for change, but came up short. This isn’t a choice between 2A OR gun safety—we can have both. The majority of Americans support universal background checks & red flag laws. Let’s start there.”

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