For better or for worse, the deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin, and the subsequent George Zimmerman case, put Florida front and center in the national spotlight on several important topics. Chief among these topics was what rights a person has to use deadly force, whether there is a duty to retreat before using such deadly force, and whether the gun and weapons laws are doing enough to protect innocent citizens. These are, no doubt, important issues and we could all benefit from a quick overview of the gun laws in our state.
Florida gun laws attempt to balance the rights of individuals to carry guns with the rights of people to remain free from the hazards presented by irresponsible gun ownership. The laws also attempt to reconcile the need for enforceable rules among parties to special relationships, like an employer and an employee. The legislature has given an employer the authority to allow or disallow employees from carrying weapons in the workplace, and there are also provisions for ownership by the legislators themselves. In many instances, these special provisions will not apply to the average gun owners, but these standard rules of ownership will apply:
● Short barreled rifles, shotguns, and machine guns are illegal to own.
● There is a 3-day waiting period for ownership.
● Persons under 21 years of age and convicted felons are not allowed to own a firearm.
● It is a felony to possess a firearm on or near a school.
In addition to the Florida state laws on gun ownership, there are also federal regulations that must be followed. If you are a gun owner and need information about your rights, or if you have been charged with a weapons related crime, call our office for help. We will investigate the facts of your case, and fight for your rights. We tackle issues like illegal gun ownership, incidents involving both concealed and open carrying of a weapon, and any other rights that go along with being a gun owner. Our goal is to protect your rights within the bounds of the law.
For help with gun charges, contact our office today. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West.