Florida gun law specifies actions that must be taken on the part of a firearm owner in the adherence of safe storage and possession practices. Statute 790.01 prohibits carrying a concealed weapon outside of the home or business without a proper permit. Our Miami gun law attorneys have outlined regulations pertaining to the storage and possession of firearms in Florida.
Child Access Prevention Laws
Laws are put into place in the majority of states to prevent children from accessing guns. Florida statutes stipulate that a firearm must be securely stored or in a locked box when the owner has reasonable knowledge that a minor is likely to be able to have access to that firearm. An exception is made when the gun owner is carrying the firearm on his body or within close enough proximity for equally speedy retrieval.
The owner of the firearm can face a misdemeanor of the second degree if found in violation of this law and the minor either displays the weapon in a public place or in a threatening manner. However, this section no longer applies in the event that the minor obtains the gun through unlawful entry.
Storage and Possession of Firearms in Vehicles
Under Florida statute 790.251(5), it is permitted for individuals 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm inside a private vehicle, regardless of whether or not they have a concealed carry permit. However, the gun must be stored in one of the following:
- Locked or unlocked glove compartment
- Gun case or zippered gun case (locked or unlocked)
- Closed container (locked or unlocked)
The second condition states that the firearm cannot be carried on the person or within close enough proximity that it can be retrieved as quickly and easily as if it were being carried on the individual.
Florida’s “Bring Your Gun to Work” Law
State law prohibits employers from preventing proper licensed employees from storing a firearm inside their vehicle while it is parked on the employer’s property. The legally owned firearm is required to be stored inside a locked, privately-owned motor vehicle.
If you believe that your legal rights regarding the storage and possession of a firearm in Florida have been violated, contact the Miami gun law attorneys at Graham Legal, P.A. today for a free consultation. Our legal team will discuss your situation and evaluate whether you have a case to pursue.