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Should Florida consider this bill on guns? Sen. Marco Rubio thinks so

Similar laws already enacted in other states

Photo on left by Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Photo on right by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Photo on left by Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Photo on right by Joe Raedle/Getty Images (Getty Images)

PARKLAND, Fla. – In the wake of the high school shooting that killed 17 people, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says Florida should consider enacting a law that would allow family members or law enforcement officials to ask a court to remove guns from a person who poses a danger.

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Democratic state legislators filed bills that would create "risk protection orders" but the legislation hasn't been heard during this year's session.

During an interview with Miami television station WFOR, Rubio said legislators should "absolutely" consider the bill. Rubio, who once served as House speaker in the state Legislature, called it an "example of a state law" that could have helped prevent the shooting.

The suspect in the case, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from school and had mental health issues and had been reported to law-enforcement.

Other states have already enacted similar laws.