Florida bill reduces penalty for “open carry” by concealed-weapon licensees

A proposed bill, SB 148, reduces the penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry, at least for the first two occurences. Under current Florida law (790.053), it is a second-degree misdemeanor to open carry a firearm other than the exceptions listed in F.S. 790.25 (e.g. during target practice under safe conditions and…

Discharge of firearms on residential property in Florida is still legal, basically.

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Florida has banned “backyard gun ranges.” However, for the most part, it is still legal to discharge a firearm on residential property. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a measure (SB 130) Wednesday, February 24, 2016, that “bans” backyard gun ranges in Florida – sort of, but not really. Actually…