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Guns targeted in domestic violence, stalking cases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A House Democrat on Friday proposed a bill that would require people under injunctions for domestic violence, stalking or cyberstalking to quickly give up guns.

The bill (HB 925) would add to requirements in a law that already makes it a misdemeanor for people to have guns if injunctions are issued against them because of domestic violence, stalking or cyberstalking.

The bill, filed for the 2016 legislative session by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, would allow police officers to immediately require the relinquishment of guns when serving protective orders in such cases.

If police officers don't make such requests, the bill would require guns to be turned over within 24 hours to law-enforcement agencies or federally licensed firearms dealers.

The guns would be returned or face disposal after protective orders expire.