Florida Carry

Legislation

2015 Session


HB-19 - School Safety:

Permits school superintendent, with approval of the school board, to authorize school safety designee to carry concealed weapon or firearm on school property; provides requirements for school safety designees; provides exception to prohibition on possession of firearms or other specified devices on school property or other specified areas; provides for fingerprint processing & retention; requires that fees be borne by school safety designee or school; requires school boards to formulate policies & procedures for dealing with active shooters & hostage situations in consultation with law enforcement; requires district school boards & private schools allow campus tours by local law enforcement agencies for specified purposes & that their recommendations be documented; permits district school boards to commission one or more school safety officers on each school campus.

  • Florida Carry is Evaluating This Bill

HB 4005 & SB 176 - Licensed Carry on College & University Campus:

Repeals provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facilities.

  • Florida Carry Supports This Bill

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2014 Session


HM 545 - Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Supports This Bill

HB 1047 & SB 1446 - Defense of Life, Home, and Property:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Authored and Strongly Supports These Bills


HB 1097 & SB 1418 - School Safety:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Supports These Bills


HB 97 & SB 374 - Exemption to Firearms Preemption for Events Outdoors or in Government Buildings:

This bill would create a patchwork of local laws designed to disarm lawful carriers of firearms at the whim of local jurisdictions and state agencies.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

HB 0123 & SB 0362 - Prohibiting the Use of Deadly Force Against Home Invasion:

This bill would require that a home invader make an additional overt act, after they have force their way in to your home, before you can even point a gun at them in defense of yourself and your family. It also defines "unlawful activity" for the purposes of self-defense to include minor non-violent offences like operating an unlicensed hobby business part time from your home. This ill considered definition would prohibit people from defending themselves even while J-walking. The bill would also remove civil immunity protections in valid cases of the defense of innocent life.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

SB 0136 & HB 0331 - Prohibiting the Use of Non-Deadly and Deadly Force in Most Circumstances:

This bill would require that a victim who acted in defense of innocent life be arrested even without probable cause. The bill would make it illegal to defend yourself if you have left "a place of safety", chase a thief, or says provoking words to their would-be murderer. This provision would endanger people any time they leave their home. It would also take away protections designed to insure that people unjustly charged in civil court can recover their attorney fees, expenses and lost income. Finally, the bill requires FDLE and all other law enforcement agencies to compile data monthly for an annual report on self-defense incidents to the legislature.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

SB 0314 & HB 4017 - Repealing gun owner medical rights and privacy laws:

This bill would allow helthcare providers to refuse to provide needed medical care to gun owners.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

HB 0501 & SB 988 - Possession/Discharge of Firearm/Destructive Device/During Commission of Specified Offenses
These bills would allow a sentencing court to impose minimum sentences for certain offenses in which a firearm was possessed or discharged if certain criteria are met.
Florida Carry is neutral on these bills


SB 1656 - Public Records/School Safety Marshals Information/DOE
This bill will exempt public records disclosure of personal identifying information for school safety marshals created under SB 1730.
Florida Carry is neutral on this bill.


SB 1730 - Public Schools
This bill establishes the school safety marshal program.
Florida Carry is neutral on this bill.


HB 97 & SB 374 - Concealed Weapons and Firearms
These bills carve out a preemption exception for local governments to prohibit firearms from certain public events and buildings.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 123 & SB 362 - Use of Deadly Force
These bills would remove the legal presumption of great bodily harm or death to a person who forcibly enters an individual’s home, making the homeowner prove deadly force was necessary.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 136 & HB 331 - Self-Defense
These bills eliminate the immunity from arrest afforded a person who utilizes lawful self-defense and removes the mandatory award of court costs and attorney fees to those found immune from prosecution.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 314 & HB 4017 - Privacy of Firearm Owners
These bills repeal the patient protection act preventing doctors from unrelated inquiries into firearms ownership.
Florida Carry opposes these bills.


HB 325 & HB 327 & SB 1208 & SB 1224 - School Safety/Trust Funds/Creation/Safe Schools Trust Fund/DOE
These bills collectively dedicate taxes on firearms and ammunition to fund the Safe Schools Trust Fund, removes the exemption for license holders to carry within 500 feet of any school, and requires surrendering of firearms to school officials or police when within 500 feet of any school to avoid charges.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 622 & HB 4009 - Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person
These bills would remove the legal presumption of great bodily harm or death to a person who forcibly enters an individual’s home, making the homeowner prove deadly force was necessary.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 799 - Use of Force in Self-Defense
This bill eliminates the “stand your ground” defense if one pursues, causes disruption, or initiates an altercation.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


HB 993 & SB 1018 - Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition
These bills repeal preemption of local government regulation of firearms and ammunition.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 1000 - Regulation of Firearms
This bill prohibits the care, custody, possession, or control of any firearm for a period of 90 days from any person who is sent for mental evaluation by law enforcement without any due process.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


HB 1051 & SB 1272 - Sale or Transfer of Firearms at Gun Shows
These bills make a felony of private sales of firearms at gun shows, requiring all such sales go through a licensed dealer.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1229 & SB 1678 - Firearms
These bills impose a 3-day waiting period on all firearms sales and mandates anger management class completion and periodic renewal prior to any ammunition purchase.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1343 & SB 1640 - Weapons or Firearms
These bills mandate universal background checks on all firearms transactions, prohibiting private sales, and requiring a licensed dealer process all such transactions.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1355 - Purchase of Firearms by Mentally Ill Persons
This bill provides for the prohibition of firearms to those who voluntarily submit themselves to a mental institution for treatment and has undergone involuntary examination under Baker Act.
Florida Carry neutral on this bill, but withholds support of it, due to the overly burdensome procedure for the restoration of rights after treatment.


SB 1484 - Mental Health
This bill waives confidentiality between medical care providers and patients under certain circumstances, requires such information to be provided to FDLE, and prohibits DOACS from issuing CWFLs to persons incapable of exercising proper judgment with regards to firearms.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1486 - Public Records/Patients and Health Care Providers Information/FDLE
This bill creates an exemption from public records requirements for certain information of patients and health care providers under the mandatory reporting of mental health status for firearm safety program.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1488 - Licensure to Carry a Concealed Weapon or Firearm
This bill extends the 3-year period of time required to have elapsed after a controlled substance, chronic alcohol abuse, or misdemeanor domestic violence conviction before one can apply for a CWFL.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1582 - Culpable Negligence
This bill makes storing or leaving an “assault weapon” within reach or easy access of another person a third degree felony, with some exceptions.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


SB 1670 - Assault Weapons and Magazines
This bill implements a statewide ban on the import, manufacture, sale, or possession of “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines. At the end of a one-year grace period, all contraband items must be rendered inoperable, surrendered to law enforcement, or registered with FDLE.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.

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2012 Session


HB463 & SB998 - Shall Issue Carry Licenses for Military & Vets:

Those who defend our country overseas should be able to defend themselves and their families at home. There have been too many incidences of violence against our troops who have just returned from overseas deployments and found themselves defenseless at home.  Florida Carry authored legislation that will insure that our current troops and honorably discharged veterans can obtain a license to carry regardless of age or duty station.  The bill will also require that fingerprint cards be accepted from military police and provost so that service members stationed overseas can complete their applications.

There are over 8,000 adult service members under the age of 21 living in the State of Florida.  Countless more resident veterans and annual military visitors who will have their right the bear arms advanced by these bills.

This is a good first step toward full recognition of the right to bear arms by all law-abiding adults.

  • Florida Carry Authored and Strongly Supports These Bills
  • PASSED HOUSE & SENATE UNANIMOUSLY!
  • Victory! - Signed in to Law 4/13/2012

SB1732 - Uniform Knife and Weapons Act:

Senator Thad Altman (R- District 24) has filed SB 1732, a Knife and Defensive Arms Preemption bill developed by Florida Carry and our friends at Knife Rights. This bill does for Knives and defensive carry weapons what firearms preemption has done for the past 25-years. This will end a statewide patchwork of local laws that turn good people in to criminals as they cross county lines and city limits.

  • Florida Carry Authored and Strongly Supports This Bill
  • Died in Committee

HB5601 - Fee Reduction for License to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms:

Although Florida Carry stands opposed to license fees that serve only to deny the right to bear arms to those who can not afford the costs; we support this minor reduction in the restrictive and unnecessary tax levied on people who wish to carry concealed defensive arms for protection of themselves and their families.

  • Florida Carry Supports This Bill
  • Attached to Appropriations
  • Victory! - Signed in to Law 4/17/2012



HB179 & SB356 - Banning the "Common Pocketknife" from Universities and Schools:

This bill would ban even the "common pocketknife", the type usually carried by Boy Scouts, at all universities and schools in Florida.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills.
  • Victory! - Died in committee


Update: Because of the effort prompted by Florida Carry shining a light on this legislation, HB179 bill has been withdrawn from consideration. Events like these show the power of the grassroots support that Florida Carry is proud to be a part of. Thank you for your support and effort in getting this bill removed before it had a chance to become a problem!


HB4015 & SB248 - Repealing Privacy of Firearm Owners:

These bills would remove the right of patients to keep their gun ownership information private and would allow health care providers to refuse medical treatment gun owners.

This bill would remove the following language from law:

  • A health care provider or health care facility shall respect a patient's right to privacy...
  • A health care provider or health care facility may not discriminate against a patient based solely upon the patient's exercise of the constitutional right to own and possess firearms or ammunition.
  • A patient may decline to answer or provide any information regarding ownership of a firearm by the patient or a family member of the patient...
  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills.
  • Victory! - Died in committee

HB1087 & SB1340 - Bans Defensive Carry in Government Buildings and Child Care Facilities:

These bills would ban lawful defensive carry in all state and local government buildings and child care facilities statewide.

  • Carry into meetings of governing bodies is already prohibited.
  • There have several well documented shootings at these types of places, however none have been committed by lawful gun owners.
  • In fact, it was a lawful concealed carrier who intervened to stop an active shooter at a school board meeting in Florida last year.
  • The creation of more "gun-free zones" only bans law-abiding citizens their means of self-defense. It does absolutely nothing to deter a criminal.
  • Florida Carry Strongly Opposes These Bills.
  • Victory! - Died in committee



HB1269 & SB1556 - Weakens State Preemption of Firearms Law:

These bills would allow state agencies, counties, and municipalities to ban lawful defensive carry in public buildings during any sporting event. This would allow them to completely ban shooting related events at public facilities!

Concealed carry is already unlawful during athletic events under state law. This bill is nothing more than an attempt to put a crack in Florida's Exceptional Firearms and Ammunition Uniformity Law. It would once again expose lawful gun owners to a patchwork of local laws that they have no reasonable way to keep up with.

  • Carry into athletic events not related to firearms is already prohibited.
  • The creation of more "gun-free zones" only keeps law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. It does absolutely nothing to deter a criminal.
  • These bills are unnecessary and designed to whittle away at your rights.
  • Florida Carry Strongly Opposes These Bills.
  • Victory! - Died in committee


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2013 Session


HM 545 - Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Supports This Bill

HB 1047 & SB 1446 - Defense of Life, Home, and Property:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Authored and Strongly Supports These Bills


HB 1097 & SB 1418 - School Safety:

Urges Congress and the President to protect the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  • Florida Carry Supports These Bills


HB 97 & SB 374 - Exemption to Firearms Preemption for Events Outdoors or in Government Buildings:

This bill would create a patchwork of local laws designed to disarm lawful carriers of firearms at the whim of local jurisdictions and state agencies.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

HB 0123 & SB 0362 - Prohibiting the Use of Deadly Force Against Home Invasion:

This bill would require that a home invader make an additional overt act, after they have force their way in to your home, before you can even point a gun at them in defense of yourself and your family. It also defines "unlawful activity" for the purposes of self-defense to include minor non-violent offences like operating an unlicensed hobby business part time from your home. This ill considered definition would prohibit people from defending themselves even while J-walking. The bill would also remove civil immunity protections in valid cases of the defense of innocent life.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

SB 0136 & HB 0331 - Prohibiting the Use of Non-Deadly and Deadly Force in Most Circumstances:

This bill would require that a victim who acted in defense of innocent life be arrested even without probable cause. The bill would make it illegal to defend yourself if you have left "a place of safety", chase a thief, or says provoking words to their would-be murderer. This provision would endanger people any time they leave their home. It would also take away protections designed to insure that people unjustly charged in civil court can recover their attorney fees, expenses and lost income. Finally, the bill requires FDLE and all other law enforcement agencies to compile data monthly for an annual report on self-defense incidents to the legislature.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

SB 0314 & HB 4017 - Repealing gun owner medical rights and privacy laws:

This bill would allow helthcare providers to refuse to provide needed medical care to gun owners.

  • Florida Carry Opposes These Bills

HB 0501 & SB 988 - Possession/Discharge of Firearm/Destructive Device/During Commission of Specified Offenses
These bills would allow a sentencing court to impose minimum sentences for certain offenses in which a firearm was possessed or discharged if certain criteria are met.
Florida Carry is neutral on these bills


SB 1656 - Public Records/School Safety Marshals Information/DOE
This bill will exempt public records disclosure of personal identifying information for school safety marshals created under SB 1730.
Florida Carry is neutral on this bill.


SB 1730 - Public Schools
This bill establishes the school safety marshal program.
Florida Carry is neutral on this bill.


HB 97 & SB 374 - Concealed Weapons and Firearms
These bills carve out a preemption exception for local governments to prohibit firearms from certain public events and buildings.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 123 & SB 362 - Use of Deadly Force
These bills would remove the legal presumption of great bodily harm or death to a person who forcibly enters an individual’s home, making the homeowner prove deadly force was necessary.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 136 & HB 331 - Self-Defense
These bills eliminate the immunity from arrest afforded a person who utilizes lawful self-defense and removes the mandatory award of court costs and attorney fees to those found immune from prosecution.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 314 & HB 4017 - Privacy of Firearm Owners
These bills repeal the patient protection act preventing doctors from unrelated inquiries into firearms ownership.
Florida Carry opposes these bills.


HB 325 & HB 327 & SB 1208 & SB 1224 - School Safety/Trust Funds/Creation/Safe Schools Trust Fund/DOE
These bills collectively dedicate taxes on firearms and ammunition to fund the Safe Schools Trust Fund, removes the exemption for license holders to carry within 500 feet of any school, and requires surrendering of firearms to school officials or police when within 500 feet of any school to avoid charges.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 622 & HB 4009 - Use of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person
These bills would remove the legal presumption of great bodily harm or death to a person who forcibly enters an individual’s home, making the homeowner prove deadly force was necessary.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 799 - Use of Force in Self-Defense
This bill eliminates the “stand your ground” defense if one pursues, causes disruption, or initiates an altercation.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


HB 993 & SB 1018 - Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition
These bills repeal preemption of local government regulation of firearms and ammunition.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


SB 1000 - Regulation of Firearms
This bill prohibits the care, custody, possession, or control of any firearm for a period of 90 days from any person who is sent for mental evaluation by law enforcement without any due process.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


HB 1051 & SB 1272 - Sale or Transfer of Firearms at Gun Shows
These bills make a felony of private sales of firearms at gun shows, requiring all such sales go through a licensed dealer.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1229 & SB 1678 - Firearms
These bills impose a 3-day waiting period on all firearms sales and mandates anger management class completion and periodic renewal prior to any ammunition purchase.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1343 & SB 1640 - Weapons or Firearms
These bills mandate universal background checks on all firearms transactions, prohibiting private sales, and requiring a licensed dealer process all such transactions.
Florida Carry strongly opposes these bills.


HB 1355 - Purchase of Firearms by Mentally Ill Persons
This bill provides for the prohibition of firearms to those who voluntarily submit themselves to a mental institution for treatment and has undergone involuntary examination under Baker Act.
Florida Carry neutral on this bill, but withholds support of it, due to the overly burdensome procedure for the restoration of rights after treatment.


SB 1484 - Mental Health
This bill waives confidentiality between medical care providers and patients under certain circumstances, requires such information to be provided to FDLE, and prohibits DOACS from issuing CWFLs to persons incapable of exercising proper judgment with regards to firearms.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1486 - Public Records/Patients and Health Care Providers Information/FDLE
This bill creates an exemption from public records requirements for certain information of patients and health care providers under the mandatory reporting of mental health status for firearm safety program.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1488 - Licensure to Carry a Concealed Weapon or Firearm
This bill extends the 3-year period of time required to have elapsed after a controlled substance, chronic alcohol abuse, or misdemeanor domestic violence conviction before one can apply for a CWFL.
Florida Carry opposes this bill.


SB 1582 - Culpable Negligence
This bill makes storing or leaving an “assault weapon” within reach or easy access of another person a third degree felony, with some exceptions.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.


SB 1670 - Assault Weapons and Magazines
This bill implements a statewide ban on the import, manufacture, sale, or possession of “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines. At the end of a one-year grace period, all contraband items must be rendered inoperable, surrendered to law enforcement, or registered with FDLE.
Florida Carry strongly opposes this bill.

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2011 Session

HB 517SB 234 - Carry Licensee Rights Reform: Licensed Open Carry, Campus Carry, Vehicle Storage of Firearms, Long Gun Purchase Out of State, and Dept. of Ag. Fingerprint Services.  

This NRA authored bill was a step in the right direction for some Florida right to carry issues but ultimately fell short of making meaningful advances for Carry Rights.
 
Campus Carry was removed from the bill in the first Senate committee stop.

Open Carry was gutted from the bill on the Senate Floor in a clear end-run around the legislative process.  The Leadership of the Florida House refused to let the bill come to a vote with the Open Carry provision despite overwhelming support from house members.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Partial Victory. Open Carry and Campus Carry Failed.

 


HB 45SB 402Firearms Preemption Enforceability: Provides penalties for government officials who knowingly & willfully violate Florida's Firearms Preemption Statute. Allows for the collection of attorney’s fees and damages.  Passing good state laws is a hollow victory when local governments ignore them.

Florida Carry Co-executive Director Richard Nascak worked tirelessly throughout 2010 to bring the abused preemption issue to light and was a genesis for HB45.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Victory! Communities and Agencies Statewide Must Remove Their Anti-Gun Laws By Oct. 1st 2011.

 


HB 499SB 1220Shall Issue Carry for Military & Vets: Those who defend our country overseas should be able to defend themselves and their families at home. This Florida Carry authored legislation will insure that our current troops and honorably discharged veterans can obtain a license to carry regardless of age or duty station.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Failed - Not Heard in Committee Before Deadline.
     

HB 155SB 432 - Gun Owner Privacy: Prohibits healthcare providers from inquiring, or refusing service for not answering questions, about gun ownership that are not related to medical treatment.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Victory! Passed.
    • See our Litigation Page.
      • The Brady Campaign and Pediatricians Lobby have sued to attempt to block this law.
         

HB 461SB 1232 - Firearms Sales Tax Holiday: Proposes a Tax holiday on firearms sales Oct 1st and 2nd.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Failed - Not Heard in Committee Before Deadline.
     

SB 604HB 7161 - Carry Licensee Privacy: Removes sunset provision to keep Carry Licensee info private.

  • Florida Carry Supported These Bills.
  • Victory! Passed
     

 

SB 1646HB 365Carry by Elected Officials: Allows elected officials to carry in government body and committee meetings but disarms even licensed citizens.  This bill represents the “only ones” attitude that has proven deadly to law abiding citizens.

  • Florida Carry Opposed These Bills.
  • Victory! Bill Failed in Committee.
     

SB 1726HB 1335Firearm Carry and Magazine Ban: Bans standard magazines that come as standard parts of common handguns and rifles, bans carrying defensive firearms and weapons on “school district” property. *not just schools*.

  • Florida Carry Opposed These Bills.
  • Victory! Bill Failed in Committee.
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