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S. 1212 (115th): Gun Violence Prevention Order Act of 2017

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Could Florida’s mass shooting, which killed 17 people, have been prevented if Florida had a law allowing authorities to confiscate weapons from people considered imminent threats? Several other states have such a law on the books, and even Florida’s Republican Senator and staunch 2nd Amendment advocate Marco Rubio now supports such laws.

A bill in Congress would incentivize more states to join their ranks.


The perpetrator of February’s Florida high school mass shooting was repeatedly reported to law enforcement authorities prior to the massacre. Florida does not have a “red flag” law, which allows law enforcement to legally seize weapons belong to an individual who has been deemed an imminent threat to others.

Several states do have such a law, starting with Connecticut in 1999. Four ...

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2017
Length: 20 pages
May 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 24, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



May 24, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1212 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1212. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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