TPD receives court order to remove guns from man's home – WCTV

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 9, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Police Department is using a new Florida law that allows law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily seize guns from at-risk people.

The new statue passed after the Parkland school shooting. The Florida statute is called the Risk Protection Order. The purpose is to reduce gun deaths and injuries.

TPD is getting a court order for a local man, who officers say could be dangerous. Court documents say 21-year-old Christopher Newhouse has made a number of threats against himself, others and law enforcement.

Wakulla County resident Wallace Williams does not think law enforcement should be able to take people’s guns from their home.

“Personally, I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe in it, I don’t like that. I don’t think it should be where you can take someone’s weapons,” he said.

However, Williams says he does believe it should be allowed if the person is determined to be dangerous or mentally ill.

Dan McGee, a local resident, said, “There are some people that should not have weapons. But, some of them are mentally not stable enough to have weapons, even though they passed the background check.”

Court documents say on July 22, 2017, Newhouse said, “Pigs got to die,” after being upset over a traffic ticket.

TPD says in September 2017, he fired his AR-15 three times in the backyard of his home on Rosemary Terrace.

Back in April 2017, documents say while making a large deposit at First Florida Bank, Newhouse referenced buying a gun and robbing a bank.

Phillip Thornton, a Wakulla County resident, said, “If they’re obviously making a threat to society, taking their guns away from

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