“We know it’s the first case of its kind in Broward County and we think it’s the first one in Florida, under the new law,” Cirullo said. “Up until the introduction of this law last week, there was no process for us to protect the public in this kind of situation.”
In Florida, prior to passing the new gun control law, people deemed psychologically unfit could be involuntarily hospitalized under what is called the Baker Act. During this involuntary admission to a hospital, the person is evaluated to determine if they are a risk to themselves or others.
Only after they had been psychologically evaluated and deemed a threat could the government then move in to temporarily disarm them. Now, however, this tiny bit of due process is no longer necessary and “experts” can simply deem someone a threat and take their guns.
Although the 56-year-old man was subsequently Baker Act-ed, his guns were taken before this happened.
To illustrate the insidious nature of Florida’s new bill and its rights-violating implications, prior to the new legislation, if police would have done what they did to this 56-year-old man—taken his guns with no due process—they would be fired and fined up to $5,000.
It is important to note that this man was certainly acting strangely and, according to the Sun-Sentinal, he 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 ‘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 turned off all of his power to the apartment he lived in. By all means, he was acting very strangely. However, he still deserved due process.
It will now be up to the man to prove that he is healthy enough to ever be able to get his guns back again.
How long will it be till "crazy" is defined as whatever is against the PC views of the day?
I know, that due process thing in the 5th and 14th Amendments...that's not what 2A orgs talk about....
This is that thing Trump said, where they take da guns first, and due process comes later. But he's just playing chess, ya'all...