Gun Safety in Florida

Thu, Dec 13, 2012

General Legal Issues

Florida and its gun laws are frequently in the news. If it is not the Stand Your Ground law, then it is the castle doctrine, or even the concealed weapons legislation. However, sometimes those issues overshadow the concerns citizens have about more basic aspects of gun ownership. Many people just have concerns about how to buy a gun properly and then use it and store it safely.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith with SmithLaw in Sarasota, Florida has compiled this primer on some of the basics of gun ownership in Florida. In addition, there are several posts on this blog that might help those considering buying a gun. Two such posts are: How Do You Purchase a Gun in Florida? and Florida’s Gun Laws.

Does Florida require a lengthy process to purchase a gun?  No. A background check, a photo id, and minimal paperwork are required. A three-day waiting period is usually required for handguns. (This can vary depending on the county, type of gun, and whether or not you have a concealed weapons permit.)

Does Florida have laws about how to store your gun? Yes, especially when minors have access to a firearm. Florida’s gun storage requirements are covered in Florida Statute 790.174. This statute addresses loaded firearms, trigger locks, and locked storage areas. Florida’s Licensing Bureau offers tips on their website, as well.

How do I learn how to properly use a gun? The National Rifle Association (NRA) has some fantastic tips on their website for both usage and storage. However, simply looking something up online is not the best way for newcomers to learn about weapons. Taking a course is a great way to learn more about firearms. The NRA has some great resources for finding firearm classes in your area and many gun ranges or gun shops should be of help in finding classes for your needs.  The State of Florida offers hunter safety courses also, which may be of extra help for those looking to use your weapon outdoors.

SmithLaw hopes everyone who chooses to own a firearm learns how to use it and store it safely.

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