Action News Jax investigates new Florida law stripping gun rights from certain people (VIDEO)


Action News Jax is investigating a new Florida law, stripping away gun rights for certain people.

Starting in April, law enforcement agencies around the state have been requesting risk protection orders, or "RPO” against those they believe pose a significant danger to themselves or others. 

If a judge signs off on the order, the person in question is stripped of their guns and the ability to own or purchase any firearms, often for at least a year.

According to FDLE, there are 715 temporary and permanent RPOs currently in effect around the state.

Ben Amwake raises his children in a quiet Columbia County neighborhood, but he can still remember the afternoon in May when gunshots rang out at a home down the street.

"I just heard pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," Amwake said. "Like a bunch of them off in a row.”

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