By: Kyle James | 04-11-2018 | News
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Florida - New Gun Laws Impose Seizure Of AR-15 From Vet Charged With Murder

An Army veteran in Florida was the first to have his gun's confiscated under a new Florida gun control law enacted after the Parkland high school shooting, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Florida deputies seized an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and numerous other items that could be used as a weapon including firearm accessories and a knife.

The veteran is 31-year-old Jerron Smith of Deerfield Beach and he was arrested when SWAT deputies raided his home after he failed to surrender his firearms voluntarily. They also seized a .22 caliber rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a bump stock. The new gun control measures were signed into law raising the age to buy a rifle in Florida to 21 and adding a three-day waiting period on gun purchases.

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The new laws also include measures that allow school employees and teachers to be armed as well as a provision which allows law enforcement to seize the guns of anyone they deem mentally ill or a danger to the community by applying for a "risk protection order". Deputies in Broward county attained such an order for Smith after he was arrested March 29 on an attempted murder charge for firing six shots into the back of a car driven by 34-year-old Jackon Lavon, his best friend.

Lavon was not shot but was wounded by shattered glass. A neighbor of Smith's named Lorenzo Brown said, "They just raided his house, found all his weapons, or whatever, (and) they just took it. He spent a lot of money for his weaponry. It’s crazy. You just got to live around here to know what’s going on."

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The incident with Lavon stemmed from a dispute over his cell phone which led Smith to shoot at him with a Glock semiautomatic pistol, according to the criminal complaint. Smith was released from jail on a $3,000 bond but deputies confiscated his pistol as evidence. Another incident took place in 2017 when Smith was accused of approaching a vehicle and threatening to shoot the female passenger. No charges were filed against him.

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Smith's arrest Thursday was the result of violating the risk protection order which is a misdemeanor and he is has been jailed on $100,000 bond. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Monday after announcing Smith's arrest, "The newly signed law is clearly proving its worth to law enforcement and the public. We are thankful to have this valuable tool at our disposal to help keep deadly weapons out of the hands of individuals who demonstrate an obvious threat to themselves or others."

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Anonymous No. 22864 2018-04-11 : 11:38

In this case given:

"Deputies in Broward county attained such an order for Smith —-→>>>AFTER ←—– he was arrested March 29 on an attempted murder charge for firing six shots into the back of a car driven by 34-year-old Jackon Lavon…"

I would agree with this seizure given these narrowly stated reasons.

Anonymous No. 22880 2018-04-11 : 15:46

Was he convicted? If not violation of due process continues no matter what he may or may not have done.

2365789 No. 22887 2018-04-11 : 17:09

If he is not found guilty or is deemed sane he should get his arsenal back. With his history it doesn't look like either will happen. He seems like a time bomb with very poor impukse control.

anonymous No. 22890 2018-04-11 : 17:53

soon Russia will have more rights then we do.

Anonymous No. 22900 2018-04-11 : 22:09

Anonymous No. 22880 - Search Warrant issued by an elected Judge is Due Process.

While I support LEO's 99.9% of the time LIBERAL SHERIFFS and Police Cheif have a history of Violating the US Constitution and Bill Of Rights.

So IF the Police took it on themselves to kick his door in and take the weapons, I'd be standing in front of them demanding they SHOW OR GET COURT ORDER.

Anonymous No. 23160 2018-04-15 : 03:21

He’s a black? Oh ok.

Anonymous No. 23193 2018-04-15 : 12:50

Anonymous No. 23160 — " He’s a black? Oh ok." COLOR is that the cause….

Violent behavior was reason.

But since you seem to want to play the Race Card.

This small collection is NOT typical of Black Citizens in America.

Stereo-typically the Black Community Citizens tend to be more Pistol and less Rifle.

With a typical share owning single shot and Pump Shotguns. This due to location location location. As more Armed Black-Americans live in high crime rated Cities.

While Other races/colors tend to live in the more open Suburbs or rural areas where rifles, carbines and other weapons are better used.

While I sure someone can chime in and dispute my statement giving exceptions to the rule. It is in fact the basic reason and case.

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