Florida 2021 Laws on Firearms, Pending approvals

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2021 State Proposals

  • Senate Bill 294: Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms. This bill edits the law found in Florida Statute §790.174. The amended law would require anyone possessing a loaded firearm on a premise, likely to be accessed by a minor younger than 16 years of age, to keep the firearm in a securely locked box or container or secure it with a trigger lock or cable. The amendment removes the exclusion which allows a person carrying the firearm on his or her body, or within such proximity to themselves, that they could retrieve and use it as easily and quickly as if they were carrying it. This means that in your own home, you would be prohibited from carrying a firearm on your person or keeping it in your night table for the protection of your family if minors under 16 years of age were present in the home.
    Further, the amendment makes the failure to store your firearm as described above a crime, even if a minor does not gain access to the firearm. There is also no longer a requirement that in order for criminal liability to attach, a minor must gain access to the firearm and possess or exhibit it without the supervision required by law in a public place, or in a rude careless, angry, or threatening manner.
    Finally, criminal liability attaches EVEN if the minor obtains the firearm through illegal entry into your home or onto your premises.
  • Senate Bill 330: Sale & Delivery of Firearms. This bill essentially eliminates the ability of private parties to sell firearms directly to each other. The bill requires that all sales and purchases of firearms be conducted through a federally licensed firearm dealer (FFL) and that a background check be conducted prior to the sale being completed.
  • Senate Bill 370: Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines. This bill makes the sale of what it defined as “Assault Weapons” and any magazine which can hold over 10 rounds illegal in Florida. Further, it makes the mere possession of such items a crime, unless they were previously owned prior to October 1, 2021, and the person who possesses such item is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Possession prior to July 1, 2022, and applies for a Certificate of Possession by October 1, 2022.
  • Senate Bill 372: Three-dimensional Printed Firearms. This bill outlaws the making, transfer, and/or possession of any 3D-printed firearm made using certain listed materials, that does not contain at least 4 ounces of metal to make it detectable by metal detectors at security check points.
  • House Bill 25: Sales of Ammunition. Amends Florida Statute §790.065 to require background checks for the purchase or transfer of ammunition, with some exceptions.
  • House Bill 123: Carrying of Firearms Without Licenses. This bill removes the requirement that a license is required to carry a concealed firearm in this state. It also creates a reciprocity license for use in states outside of Florida that have reciprocity agreements with Florida.

There are other bills pending in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. We urge you to take the time to learn about these pending laws and contact your Representatives and Senators and let them know how you feel about these bills.

Federal Proposals on the Horizon

Last session, the 116th U.S. Congress proposed assault weapons bans, red flag orders, mandatory reporting of NICS denials to law enforcement, and countless other anti-2A legislation. All of these individual proposals were awful, but none were worse than the omnibus HR 5717 (Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020), which would have incorporated the worst provisions of each of these proposals. If you want a preview of what anti-gun bills filed during the 117th Congress could look like, pay attention to HR 5717. The 117th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2021, and their term ends on January 3, 2023. To learn about how federal law is made, check out The Legislative Process by the United States House of Representatives, and stay tuned. We are keeping a close watch for bills and resolutions that would affect Second Amendment rights.

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Wow. Thank you so much. I’ve been waiting on updates like these. Anyone heard anything on carrying at church? Thank you.

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Yes there is a law to be approved on or voted on to carry at or in church, but they can still ask you to not carry or not
come at all, if you feel that need to carry against the churches wishes.

I would not advise to carry, but go to church believing that there is something greater than a firearm. Use Situational
Awareness always and pray with confidence.

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Others here might know about regulations around church.

I could be way off, but not sure if on a federal level, they’d be able to breach into the realm of churches when it comes to firearms. IDK, hope not, hoping they leave that choice or right up to the people of that church per se.

However, maybe worthwhile to check on Bills at the state level and or your local laws. Last I heard, it was up to the individual churches, who can allow or prohibit "carry’’, where they can either post signs, write it in their literature news-letters, or mention it in mass. Take care.

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Florida Legislature Approves Guns In Churches Within School Grounds | WFSU News

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A Florida House bill that would allow guns in churches with schools attached is now on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. HB 259 will let people who have concealed weapons permits carry in churches that share properties with schools. Under current law, concealed weapons are allowed in churches but are prohibited from being brought onto school grounds.

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Wow. That’s major William.

If anyone hears if that Bill passes into Law, please post.

Kinda why I’m interested in obtaining more training myself, for if we “carry” around churches and schools, to help protect ourselves or others, I have a sense of responsibility which comes with that honor per se. Interesting to me in that, it’s a good example of allowing the locals decide for themselves, if they want to prohibit it or not, instead of someone else deciding for them. When I attended a funeral a few months ago, I almost brought in my “carry”, but did not - as I wasn’t sure if the main family or the parlor would want that.

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House Bill 259 (2021) - The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov)

FLORIDA 259, 2021

Wish the best for everyone. Just be honest to the Pastor of the church and stay away from children and
keep your Situational Awareness. People get very nervous, mainly teachers and staff. If problem arises, please
leave firearm in trunk or lock box in your car. Please enjoy church services and save peoples lives always
by be a blessing in person.

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Thanks for taking the time to share. :slightly_smiling_face:

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It certainly depends on the Pastor, of course I would respect their wishes. Our church family is very comfortable with the in house security carrying or personal legal carry. With the current political and societal climate, I feel safer knowing a mentally fit and regularly formally trained individual is carrying.

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Stauate 790 (in Florida)is loose but clear. Thaw new proposals will most likely not pass in Florida. We are all experiencing the chaos theory model and at the end of the day we defend our constitution whether Federal or State.

Defending this country foreign or abroad I have never changed my stance.

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Thank you for your information. I agree !

Bill

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Combined two FL topics.

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Thank you for your help. Was not up to date and the articles are listed that could be understandable
and read by any person. If you every read articles from a lawyer in court document, you would get lost.

House Bill 259 (2021) is a concern and read much different
than SB 498 Safety of Religious Institutions - 2021. This is not clear of which is being presented to our
State of Florida and Governor.

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