Florida Carry

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2019 Legislative Session Bills

The 2019 legislative session is an all out attack on the Right to Bear Arms. The following is a list of bills potentially affecting the right to keep and bear arms. Click on bill number to see official bill page.

 

BILL RELATED BILL(S) Florida Carry Rating

SB 108 - Regulation of Concealed Weapons Licenses - Sen Book

Transferring the concealed weapons licensing program of the Division of Licensing of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to the Department of Law Enforcement by a type two transfer; creating the Concealed Weapons Licensing Program in the Department of Law Enforcement; redesignating the Department of Law Enforcement as the entity responsible for regulating, and collecting payments and fees from, concealed weapons licensing, etc.

None

 

HB 135 - Transfers of Firearms - Reps Good, Joseph

Requires transfers of firearms when neither party is licensed dealer to be conducted through licensed dealer & requires processing by licensed dealer.

SB 654 - Sen Book

(Similar)

HB 175 - Firearms - Reps Hill, Sabatini

Removes provisions authorizing seizure of firearms from persons in certain circumstances; removes prohibition on firearms ownership or possession until removal of firearm possession & firearm ownership disability; removes prohibition on persons younger than 21 years of age purchasing firearms; eliminates waiting period for purchases of firearms other than handguns; removes ban on bump-fire stocks; removes provisions providing for risk protection orders.

HB 6073 - Rep Hill

(Similar)

Withdrawn 

HB 197 - Concealed Weapons and Firearms - Reps Polo, Cortez, Fernandez, Joseph, et al.

Prohibits concealed weapon or firearm licensee from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into any child care facility.

SB 752 - Sen Berman 

(Identical)

 

 
 

SB 364 - Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms - Sen Braynon

Revising the locations where a licensee is prohibited from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm, etc.

HB 683 - Rep Bush

(Identical)

 

 

HB 403 - Safety of Religious Institutions - Rep Grall

Authorizes religious institution to allow concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry firearm on property of institution for certain purposes.

SB 1238 - Sen Mayfield

(Compare)

 

HB 455 - Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines - Rep Smith

Prohibits sale, transfers, or possession of assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; provides exceptions; requires certificates of possession for assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines lawfully possessed before specified date; provides conditions for continued possession of such weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines; requires certificates of transfer for transfers of assault weapons or large-capacity magazines; provides for relinquishment of assault weapons or large-capacity magazines; provides requirements for transportation of assault weapons; provides enhanced criminal penalties for certain offenses when committed with assault weapon or large-capacity magazine.

 

HB 553 - Rep Smith

(Linked)

SB 466 - Sen Farmer

(Similar)

SB 500 - Sen Stewart

(Compare)

 
 

SB 466 - Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines - Sen Farmer

Prohibiting the sale or transfer of an assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; prohibiting possession of an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine; providing exceptions; requiring certificates of possession for assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines lawfully possessed before a specified date; providing enhanced criminal penalties for certain offenses when committed with an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine, etc.

HB 455 - Rep Smith

(Similar)

SB 466 - Sen Farmer

(Compare)

SB 500 - Sen Stewart

(Compare)

 

SB 468 - Firearms - Sen Farmer

Requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to include on a standard form certain questions concerning a potential firearm buyer’s criminal history and other information relating to the person’s eligibility to make the firearm purchase; requiring that, if neither party to a prospective firearms sale, lease, or transfer is a licensed dealer, the parties must complete the sale, lease, or transfer through a licensed dealer; revising applicability of the prohibition against certain sales or deliveries of firearms to include certain purchases, trades, and transfers of a rifle or shotgun, etc.

SB 470 - Sen Farmer

(Linked)

 

HB 487 - Carrying of Firearms by Tactical Medical Professionals - Sen Hooper

Exempting certain licensed medical professionals from specified provisions concerning the carrying of firearms; requiring certain policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies; providing immunities and privileges for such professionals, etc.

SB 722 - Sen Hooper

(Idendical)

 

SB 500 - Gun Safety - Sen Stewart

Prohibiting the importing into the state of, or the distributing, transporting, transferring, selling, or giving of, an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine; prohibiting the possession of an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine; providing exceptions; requiring certificates of possession for assault weapons or large-capacity magazines lawfully possessed before a specified date; providing enhanced criminal penalties for certain offenses when committed with an assault weapon or large-capacity magazine, etc.

 

HB 455 - Rep Smith

(Compare)

SB 466 - Sen Farmer

(Compare)

 

HB 533 - Pub. Rec./Personal Identifying Information of Assault Weapon or Large-Capacity Magazine Possession Certificateholder - Rep Smith

Provides an exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying information of person issued certificate of possession with respect to an assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; provides for access to exempt information for specified purposes; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity.

 

HB 455 - Rep Smith

(Linked)

SB 466 - Sen Farmer

(Compare)

 
 

HB 581 - Exceptions to Requirements for the Purchase and Sale of Firearms - Reps Clemons, Byrd

Provides an exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying information of person issued certificate of possession with respect to an assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine; provides for access to exempt information for specified purposes; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity.

SB 1562 - Sen Gruters

(Identical)

 Withdrawn

 

SB 598 - Firearms - Sen Albritton

Authorizing a concealed weapon or concealed firearm licensee to carry a concealed firearm on the property of a religious institution when the property also contains a school; providing exceptions, etc.

 None  
 

SB 636 - Use or Threatened Use of Force - Sen Braynon

Revising the standard under which a person is justified in using or threatening to use nondeadly or deadly force from a person’s reasonable belief to the objective belief of a reasonably cautious and prudent person in the same circumstances; revising the burden of proof from clear and convincing evidence to a preponderance of the evidence which the party seeking to overcome immunity from criminal prosecution under a specified provision must prove, etc.

HB 787 - Rep Jones

(Similar)

 

SB 654 - Transfers of Firearms - Sens Book, Taddeo

Requiring transfers of firearms to be conducted through a licensed dealer; requiring deposit of the firearm with the licensed dealer under certain circumstances; providing for disposition of the firearm if the licensed dealer cannot legally complete the transaction or return the firearm to its owner, etc.

HB 135 - Reps Good, Joseph

(Similar)

HB 683Prohibited Places For Weapons and Firearms - Rep Bush

Revises locations where licensee is prohibited from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm.

SB 364 -Sen Braynon

(Identical)

 
 

HB 709Discharging Firearms in Public or on Residential Property - Rep Slosberg

Revises provisions prohibiting recreational discharge of firearm outdoors; prohibits propelling of any potentially lethal projectile over or across private land while target shooting; provides criminal penalties.

SB 922 -Sen Berman

(Similar)

 
 

SB 722 - Carrying of Firearms by Tactical Medical Professionals - Sen Hooper

Exempting certain licensed medical professionals from specified provisions concerning the carrying of firearms; requiring certain policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies; providing immunities and privileges for such professionals, etc.

HB 487 -Rep Smith

(Identical)

 
 

SB 752 - Concealed Weapons and Firearms - Sen Berman

Prohibiting a concealed weapon or firearm licensee from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into any child care facility, etc.

HB 197 -Rep Polo

(Identical)

 
 

HB 753 - Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms - Rep Fernandez

Reduces number of years that such licenses are valid; requires that certain persons successfully demonstrate firearms proficiency through specified course to obtain license; provides course requirements.

SB 1122Sen Pizzo

(Similar)

 
 

SB 764 - Home Safety - Sen Berman

Prohibiting a person who owns a firearm from keeping it in a residence if he or she knows or has reason to know that another person also residing in that residence is prohibited from owning, possessing, purchasing, or receiving a firearm; requiring that on a certain date and annually thereafter each clerk of the court report to the Office of State Courts Administrator specified information, etc.

HB 923 - Rep Stark

(Identical)

 
 

SB 769 - Sale and Delivery of Firearms - Sen Smith

Prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor hate crime offenses from purchasing firearms.

SB 1718 - Sen Taddeo

(Identical)

 
 

HB 787 - Self-Defense Immunity - Rep Jones

Revises standard of proof necessary to overcome immunity from criminal prosecution; specifies that immunity from prosecution is not available to aggressor; revises criteria for determining whether person would be justified in using force in certain circumstances.

SB 636 -Sen Braynon

(Similar)

 
 

SB 788 - Firearms - Sen Book

Authorizing a law enforcement officer acting in accordance with certain provisions to serve and execute a court order on any day and at any time; authorizing a law enforcement officer acting in accordance with certain provisions to use reasonable physical force to gain entry to the premises or any dwelling on such premises and take custody of the person subject to the court order; requiring the assigning of serving and executing the court order to a law enforcement officer with certain training, when practicable, etc.

 None
 

SB 922 - Discharging Firearms in Public or on Residential Property - Sen Berman

Citing this act as the "Mary Chadwick Act"; revising provisions prohibiting the recreational discharge of a firearm outdoors; providing criminal penalties; providing an exception; prohibiting the propelling of any potentially lethal projectile over or across private land while target shooting, etc.

HB 709 -Rep Slosberg

(Similar) 

 
 

HB 923 - Home Safety - Rep Stark

Prohibits person who owns firearm from keeping it in residence if he or she knows or has reason to know that another person also residing in that residence is prohibited from owning, possessing, purchasing, or receiving firearm; provides criminal penalties; requires each clerk of court report to OSCA specified information; requires OSCA compile & publish on its website report in specified manner.

SB 764 -Sen Berman

(Identical)  

 
 

HB 941 - Domestic Violence - Rep Eskamani

Revises prohibition on sale or transfer of firearms to persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses; prohibits persons convicted of misdemeanor offense of domestic violence from possessing firearm or ammunition; requires persons convicted of misdemeanor offenses of domestic violence to surrender all firearms & ammunition; provides requirements for law enforcement officers carrying out court order & taking possession of firearms & ammunition; requires all law enforcement agencies to develop certain policies & procedures; authorizes defendant to elect to transfer all firearms & ammunitions that he or she owns to another person; provides criminal penalties.

SB 1206 -Sen Berman

(Identical)  

 
 
 

SB 956 - Three-dimensional Printed Firearms - Sen Stewart

Prohibiting the printing, transferring, importing into this state, distributing, selling, possessing, or giving to another person certain 3D-printed firearms as of a specified date; providing criminal penalties; requiring persons in possession of such firearms to relinquish them to a law enforcement agency or to the Department of Law Enforcement or to destroy them before the prohibition takes effect, etc.

None   

SB 992 - Bump-fire Stocks - Sen Stewart

Delaying a prohibition of certain actions related to bump-fire stocks until a specified date; requiring a person in possession of a bump-fire stock to relinquish it to a law enforcement agency or the Department of Law Enforcement or to destroy or render the device permanently inoperable before the prohibition takes effect, etc.

None 

SB 996 - Possession of Firearms on School Property - Sen Hutson

Revising a provision relating to the possession of firearms in student campus parking, etc.

HB 6005 -Rep Byrd

(Identical)

 

HB 1025 - Sale, Transfer, or Storage of Firearms - Rep Polsky

Revises requirements for storage of firearms; provides criminal penalties if person other than owner access stored firearm & uses it in specified ways; requires seller or transferor of firearm to provide specified information; provides immunity for certain providers of information.

None    
 

SB 1122 - Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms - Sen Pizzo

Reducing the number of years that such licenses are valid; requiring that certain persons successfully demonstrate firearms proficiency through a specified course to obtain a license; providing course requirements, etc.

HB 753 -Rep Fernandez

(Similar) 

 
 
 

HB 1165 - Minors Posting Firearms on Social Media - Rep Jones

Prohibits posting or publishing picture of firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated gun, or device displayed to resemble firearm to social media by minor; authorizes court to require certain adults to participate in parenting classes; provides for community service programs for violations; requires seizure of firearms; prohibits storing firearm in such way that a minor obtains access to it without permission & posts picture of it on social media.

SB 1310 -Sen Pizzo

(Similar) 

 
 
 

SB 1238 - Safety of Religious Institutions - Sen Mayfield

Authorizing a church, a synagogue, or other religious institution to allow a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to carry a firearm on the property of that church, synagogue, or other religious institution for certain purposes; authorizing a private school or a religious school to designate a person to carry a firearm on that school’s property, etc.

HB 403 - Rep Grall

(Compare)

 
 
 

SB 1310 - Minors Posting Firearms on Social Media - Sen Pizzo

Prohibiting the posting or publishing of a picture of a firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated gun, or device displayed to resemble a firearm to social media by a minor; prohibiting storing a firearm in such a way that a minor obtains access to it without permission and posts a picture of it on social media; authorizing warrantless arrest when a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that a minor has violated a specified provision, etc.

HB 1165 - Rep Jones

(Similar)

 
 
 

SB 1532 - Local Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition - Sen Rouson

Repealing a provision relating to a preemption of the field of regulation of firearms and ammunition to the state and penalizing violations, etc.

HB 6061 - Rep Diamond

(Identical)

HB 6069 - Rep Stark

(Similar)

SB 1662 - Sen Taddeo

(Similar)

 
 
 

SB 1562 - Exceptions to Requirements for the Purchase and Sale of Firearms - Sen Gruters

Defining the term “holder of a concealed weapons permit” and revising the definition of the term “law enforcement officer”; exempting holders of a concealed weapons permit from specified county waiting period requirements when purchasing a firearm, etc.

HB 581 - Rep Clemons

(Identical)

 
 
 

SB 1662 - Preemption of Firearms and Ammunition - Sen Taddeo

Repealing a provision relating to the preemption of the field of regulation of firearms and ammunition to the Legislature, to the exclusion of local jurisdictions, etc.

HB 6061 - Rep Diamond

(Identical)

HB 6069 - Rep Stark

(Similar)

SB 1532 - Sen Rouson

(Similar)

  
 
 

SB 1718 - Sale and Delivery of Firearms - Sen Taddeo

Prohibiting persons convicted of misdemeanor hate crime offenses from purchasing firearms, etc.

HB 769 - Rep Smith

(Identical)

 
 
 

HB 6005 - Possession of Firearms on School Property - Rep Sabatini

Revises provisions relating to possession of firearms in student campus parking.

SB 996 - Sen Hutson

(Identical)

 
 
 

HB 6007 - Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms - Rep Sabatini

Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.

 None    
 

HB 6039 - Medical Privacy Concerning Firearms - Reps Smith, Joseph

Deletes provisions relating to patient firearm ownership recordkeeping, inquiry, & harassment by heath care practitioners & facilities.

None     
 

HB 6061 - Local Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition - Rep Diamond

Repeals provisions relating to preemption of field of regulation of firearms & ammunition to state & penalizing violations.

SB 1662 - Sen Taddeo

(Similar)

HB 6069 - Rep Stark

(Similar)

SB 1532 - Sen Rouson

(Identical)

 
 

HB 6069 - Preemption of Firearms and Ammunition - Rep Stark

Repeals provision relating to preemption of field of regulation of firearms & ammunition to Legislature, to exclusion of local jurisdictions.

SB 1662 - Sen Taddeo

(Identical)

HB 6061 - Rep Diamond

(Similar)

SB 1532 - Sen Rouson

(Similar)

HB 6073 - Firearms - Rep Hill

Removes provisions authorizing seizure of firearms from persons in certain circumstances, prohibition on firearms ownership or possession until removal of firearm possession & firearm ownership disability, prohibition on persons younger than 21 years of age from purchasing firearms, certain exemptions from firearms purchase waiting period, ban on bump-fire stock, & statute authorizing risk protection orders.

HB 175 - Rep Hill

(Similar)

SB 7030 - School Safety and Security - Education Committee

Requiring a sheriff to establish a school guardian program under a certain condition; requiring school districts to promote a mobile suspicious activity reporting tool through specified mediums; requiring the Commissioner of Education to review recommendations from the School Hardening and Harm Mitigation Workgroup; revising the duties of the commissioner to include oversight of compliance with the safety and security requirements of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act by specified persons and entities, etc.

None

SB 7044 - OGSR/Concealed Carry License/Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Criminal Justice Committee

Amending provisions relating to an exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying information of an individual who has applied for a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm through a tax collector appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to receive applications and fees; abrogating the scheduled repeal of the exemption, etc.

HB 7059 - Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee

(Identical)

HB 7059 - OGSR/Concealed Carry License/DACS - Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee

Removes scheduled repeal of exemption from public records requirements for certain personal identifying information held by tax collector when individual applies for license to carry concealed weapon or firearm.

SB 7044 - OGSR/Concealed Carry License/Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Criminal Justice Committee 

(Identical)

 

2017 Session Bills Update - 3/1/17

The 2017 legislative session is exploding with gun related bills. The following is a list of bills potentially affecting the right to keep and bear arms.

 


SB 140 - Open Carry and Prohibited Places Reform

Sponsor - Sen. Greg Steube

 

This bill has been held by Sen. Steube in favor of placing its provisions individually into separate bills.

 


SB 128/HB 245 - Self-Defense Immunity

Sponsors - Sen. Bradley/Reps. Payne and Fischer


Your right to be considered "innocent until proven guilty" should apply at all phases of a criminal case.  The current method the courts are using in self-defense immunity hearings is to treat the victim of a violent criminal as "guilty until you prove yourself innocent" if you are forced to defend yourself and your family.  The current law clearly says that people who defend themselves are to be immune from "arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting".  But the Florida Supreme Court ignored this clearly written provision of the law, necessitating this bill.

This bill is critical for your right to Self-Defense!

 


HB 6001 - Airport Carry

Sponsor - Rep. Raburn 

 

This House bill is a related bill to SB 140, and removes the current carry prohibition in airport terminals.

 

 


SB 142/HB 835 - Storage of Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Farmer/Rep. Hawkins-Williams

 

This wrongheaded bill risks the lives of families throughout the state. It would require any person with a "child" 16 or younger, to secure any operable firearm under lock and key, without regard to the child's actual ability to safely handle a firearm. It doesn't matter if your 16 year old is a trophy winning competitive marksman, or has been hunting since they were 10, Sen. Farmer says no! In a state with untold millions of gun owners (over a million and a half are licensed concealed carriers), fewer than ten children (ages 0 - 17) were killed unintentionally by firearms in Florida in 2015 (CDC WISQARS). In contrast, 17 children were accidentally poisoned and 92 drowned last year in Florida. This is a solution seeking a problem. In the Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, D.C. v. Heller, laws that require locking guns up and making firearms unusable for immediate defense of life and property were found to be unconstitutional. If a "child" breaks into your home and steals your firearm, YOU GO TO JAIL under this terrible bill.

 


 SB 170/HB 235 - Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Braynon/Rep Stafford

 

In denial of the fact that disarming the law-abiding does nothing to disable a murderer, Sen. Braynon's bill would add performing arts centers and "legitimate theaters" to the prohibited places list! Gun free zones equal unarmed victim zones. We expect this ineffective bill to dutifully die without committee hearing.

Interestingly, the legal term "Legitimate Theater" comes to us from The pre-revolutionary British Licensing Act of 1737. Its purpose was to control and censor what was being said about the British King and government through theater.  The bills' sponsor recently pointed to the shooting that happened in the "gun free" theater in Colorado as his motivation for the bill.  However, "Legitimate Theater" does not include movie theaters.  Not only is the bill dangerously wrongheaded and potentially deadly to good people, it's inartfully drafted.

 


 SB 254/HB 167 - Gun Safety

Sponsors - Sen. Stewart/Rep. Smith

 

This bill is a vain attempt to introduce California-style gun control to Florida. It redefines the nebulous term "assault weapon" to "any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic, or burst fire at the option of the user, or any one of the following specified semiautomatic firearms:". It then goes on to list scores of semiautomatic rifles, including all AR and AK types, and even includes some firearms no longer manufactured. But it doesn't stop there. The bill would require registration of all existing "assault weapons". Currently, registration of any firearm in Florida is a felony violation of FS 790.335. And if that weren't enough, the bill redefines "large capacity magazine" to any magazine holding more than seven rounds!

Although this bill is doomed to failure, it is evidence of Bloomberg-backed groups going from state to state looking to kill your right to keep and bear arms in defense of yourself and others.

 


SB 610/HB 819 - Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Steube/Rep. Byrd

 

Right now, businesses in Florida can prohibit firearms on their property and enforce it through trespass laws. However, they incur no additional legal liability for rendering you defenseless. This bill seeks to create an enhanced liability on the part of businesses which refuse one's right to self-defense.

 


SB 616 - Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Steube/Rep. Byrd

 

Amends FS 790.06(12)(a) to facilitate temporary storage of lawfully carried firearms and weapons at courthouses, requires return of items upon completion of visit.

 


SB 618/HB 6001 - Concealed Weapons and Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Steube/Rep. Raburn

 

Originally part of SB 140, this bill removes airport passenger terminals from the list of prohibited places for carry by licensees. The bill is in direct response to the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale International terminal 2 baggage area, where only the assailant was armed. Once again, the assailant immediately surrendered upon the arrival of armed resistance. Florida is one of only six states where carry is unlawful in an airport passenger terminal. This does not legalize carry in the sterile gate area or on board aircraft.

 


SB 620 - Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsor - Sen. Steube

 

Another part of SB 140, this bill removes meetings of the Legislature and committees thereof from the list of prohibited places for carry by licensees. HB 803 contains this as one of its provisions (see SB 622 below).

 


SB 622 - Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsor - Sen. Steube

 

Yet another former SB 140 provision, this bill removes college/university athletic events from the list of prohibited places for carry by licensees. HB 803 also contains this as one of its provisions.

 


SB 626 - Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsor - Sen. Steube

 

From SB 140, this bill removes meetings of local government from the list of prohibited places for carry by licensees. HB 803 also contains this as one of its provisions.

 


SB 640 - Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsor - Sen. Steube

 

From SB 140, this bill removes career centers from the list of prohibited places for carry by licensees. Although the Florida Workforce Innovation job centers are called "career centers", a career center is defined in statute as a trade school. Some local governments have claimed their job centers as prohibited places based on their misreading of the term. HB 803 also contains this as one of its provisions.

 


SB 644 - Openly Carrying a Handgun

Sponsor - Sen. Steube

 

One of the lead provisions in SB 140, this bill removes the prohibition of open carry for individuals licensed under FS 790.06.

 


SB 646/HB 779 - Weapons and Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Steube/Rep. Combee

 

This bill, apparently a fall-back in case SB 644 fails, would decriminalize temporary display of a firearm to an administrative fine of $25. It also excepts licensees from the fine, and would authorize members of the Cabinet to carry anywhere not prohibited by federal law.

 


SB 648/HB 957 - Weapons and Firearms

Sponsors - Sen. Book/Rep. Geller

 

This bill increases penalties for exhibiting a firearm on school grounds (from a third to second degree felony), increases penalties for facilitating access to a firearm by a minor (from a second to a first degree misdemeanor), adds a third degree felony if the minor then discharges said firearm, creates a first degree misdemeanor for the parent or guardian of a child who brings a firearm to school, creates a third degree felony for the parent or guardian if the child discharges the firearm, etc.  

 


SB 1334 - Sale and Delivery of Firearms

Sponsor - Sen. Farmer

 

This onerous bill seeks to require background checks on private sales, which is unenforceable. In order to be enforceable, a registry of firearms in violation of FS 790.335 would be required.

 


HB 803 - Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Sponsor - Rep. Hahnfeldt

This bill removes the entire prohibited places list in FS 790.06(12).

 


HB 6005 - Campus Carry

Sponsor - Rep. Plakon

 

This House bill is a related bill to SB 140, and removes the current carry prohibition on college campuses.

 


 

HB 6013 - Breach of the Peace

Sponsor - Rep. Cord Byrd

 

This good bill seeks to remove the current subjectivity of what constitutes a legally prosecutable "breach of the peace". However it also specifically removes the statutory requirement of a court order to return firearms to persons from whom firearms were seized under warrant. Currently even if a search warrant is improperly executed upon one's home and firearms are seized, and even if no charges result, one must obtain a court order for return of the firearms. If there are no charges, then a court order is unnecessary, and the requirement for same would be removed under this bill.

 

 

2016 Session Bills


 

SB 68: Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms

Companion - HB 4001

STRONGLY SUPPORT

This is the college/university campus carry bill. Florida Carry strongly believes one's self-defense rights should not end at an arbitrary and insecure border. The bill would simply remove postsecondary education facilities from the prohibited places list in FS 790.06(12).


SB 130: Discharging a Firearm

Companion - HB 41

Discharging a Firearm; Prohibiting the recreational discharge of a firearm in certain residential areas; providing criminal penalties; providing exceptions, etc.

NEUTRAL

This bill was submitted in order to preclude the introduction of a much more onerous bill promised by anti-gun legislators. Because the bill includes, "If, under the circumstances, the discharge does not pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property..." as a blanket exception, its prohibition does not apply to those circumstances clearly safe, i.e., discharge into a clearing barrel, properly constructed range, etc.


 

SB 228: Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Companion - HB 135

STRONGLY SUPPORT

This important bill removes the crime of aggravated assault from being subject to mandatory minimum sentencing. The intended effect is to protect those who lawfully but imperfectly use force in self-defense, legally differentiating between the armed citizen and a violent criminal.


 

SB 300: Weapons and Firearms

Companion - HB 163

STRONGLY SUPPORT

This is the OPEN CARRY bill. It repeals FS 790.053 for license holders, thus making Florida the 46th open carry state in the nation. This hotly contested bill is being vehemently opposed by the self-proclaimed pro-2A Florida Sheriffs Association. 


SB 612: Slungshot

Companion - HB 4009

SUPPORT

This bill removes slungshot (aka blackjack), from the definition of weapons, the concealed carry of which is a violation of FS 790.01 without a license.


 

SB 666: Voter Identification

Companion - HB 505

SUPPORT

This bill expands the list of acceptable identification, adding the concealed weapons/firearms license and others for purposes of voting.


SB 772: Regulated Service Providers

Companion - HB 641

SUPPORT

The bill improves and streamlines certain aspects of the concealed weapons licensing process, including removing the notary requirement for the application affidavit.


SB 1132: Exception to the Waiting Period for Purchasing and Delivering Handguns

Companion - HB 1397

SUPPORT

This bill removes the 3-day waiting period imposed by statute for qualified law enforcement officers.


 

SB 1140: Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licensees

Companion - HB 935

STRONGLY OPPOSE

This bill would require licensees to identify themselves as armed to all first responders, including emergency medical technicians and firefighters, increases penalty for not being in possession of one's license from $25 to $1000, creates a 6-hour course of instruction requirement.


 

SB 1408: Public Records/Records Concerning Firearms Relinquished Pursuant to Protective Injunction

Companion - HB 927

NEUTRAL

This bill exempts personally identifying data from release under the Sunshine Law pertaining to certain forfeitures related to injuctions for stalking, cyberstalking, and domestic violence. The bill is linked to SB 1410.


 

SB 1410: Relinquishment of Weapons by Persons Subject to Protective Injunctions

Companion - HB 925

STRONGLY OPPOSE

This bill would require all firearms seized in the course of a permanent injunction for stalking, cyberstalking, and domestic violence to be surrendered immediately to a law enforcement officer upon demand, or to a federal firearms licensee if no demand is made by law enforcement. However the bill offers no provision for private sale, transfer to a trust, to relatives, or to heirs as part of an estate. 


SB 1476: Firearm Violence

Companion - HB 1167

STRONGLY OPPOSE

If enacted, this bill would authorize the seizure of all firearms in a residence based solely on an allegation of domestic violence, in violation of due process and property ownership rights.


SB 1500: Concealed Weapons and Firearms

Companion - HB 4051

STRONGLY SUPPORT

The bill removes commercial airport terminals, notwithstanding federal security areas, from the prohibited places list where licensees may not lawfully carry.

 

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.

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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