How Well Do You Know Florida Gun Laws?

February 14th marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Parkland shooting in Florida. We at Cash My Guns advocate for gun safety and following gun laws to the T. Our hearts hurt for those affected by the Parkland shooting, and our thoughts are with affected families. Due to the callousness and sheer malice of a few people, gun laws were changed in an attempt to prevent future shootings of a similar nature. Whether those laws unnecessarily burden law abiding citizens remains open for speculation. In this article we look at how Florida gun laws have changed since Parkland and what this means for law abiding gun owners.

What Are the Gun Laws In Florida?

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the following gun laws were enacted in response to the Parkland shooting.

Man with Florida gun law induced headache.
  • Minimum age to purchase a gun: The bill raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun to 21. The minimum age was 18. The federal minimum age to purchase a shotgun or rifle is 18.
  • Waiting period: To purchase a gun, you must wait three days or until a background check is completed, whichever is longer. Exceptions to the three-day waiting period include licensed hunters and licensed concealed carriers, police officers and military members.
  • Ban bump stocks: Bump stocks, devices that attach to rifles that can make it easier to fire a weapon faster, are banned in the state. The National Rifle Association endorses a national ban on bump stocks.
  • Extreme Risk protection order: Law enforcement agencies will be able to petition a court for a temporary order that stops a person from purchasing or possessing firearms. The orders will be sought only when a person demonstrates behaviors that pose a significant danger to themselves or others. 
  • Baker Act measures: If a law enforcement officer takes a person into custody for an involuntary examination under the Baker Act, the officer may seize and hold a firearm or ammunition in the person’s possession and seek the voluntary surrender of other firearms or ammunition kept in the residence. Those seized firearms and that ammunition must be available for return no longer than 24 hours after the person taken into custody can document that he or she is no longer subject to involuntary examination and has been released or discharged from any inpatient or involuntary outpatient treatment provided or ordered. 
  • Mental competency: The law prohibits a person who has been judged “mentally defective” or who has been committed to a mental institution from owning or possessing a firearm until a court orders otherwise.
  • School “guardian” program: Allow school superintendents and country sheriffs to arm school personnel under a voluntary program wherein certain employees — librarians, guidance counselors, and coaches, but not full-time classroom teachers — could be trained and allowed to carry guns on campus. 
  • Safe-school officer: Requires each district school board and school district superintendent to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to assign one or more safe-school officers at each school facility. 

The publication went on to summarize a number of other relevant gun laws in Florida. Here, we detail those laws in an easy-to-understand chart.

Chart explaining Florida gun laws.

Staying in compliance with gun laws can be difficult even when you attempt to do so to the fullest degree. If any of Florida’s new gun laws put you in a bind, there is no reason for you to endure the hassle. You can sell your gun to Cash My Guns and turn that headache into cash.

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