Florida bill would prohibit discharging firearms on all residential property

HB 623 – Weapons or Firearms

General Bill   by Rouson

Weapons or Firearms: Prohibits discharge of firearm on residential property, regardless of whether discharge occurs outdoors or in reckless or negligent manner.

Effective Date:  October 1, 2015

Last Event:  As of Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:27 PM: Unfavorable by Criminal Justice Subcommittee and no companion bill in Senate.

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Currently, per Florida Statute 790.15, it is legal to discharge a firearm on private property so long as it is done in a safe manner (not recklessly or negligently) and is not discharged on or over a paved public road, public space, public right-of-way or any occupied premises. While Florida law prohibits local governments from preempting state firearms laws (F.S. 790.33), it’s possible that city or county ordinances, such as noise ordinances, may be enforced to limit the discharge of firearms during certain times.


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