Florida legislature passes civil asset forfeiture reforms

Both the Florida House and Senate voted unanimously for legislation that would implement several reforms in Florida’s civil asset forfeiture statutes. According to the Institute for Justice, “If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, they can arrest you and put you on trial. At that trial, prosecutors must prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But if police…

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…

Florida bills encourage civil citations instead of criminal charges for some misdemeanors

Two bills meant to encourage local communities and educational institutions to implement civil citation programs for certain misdemeanor offenses (instead of criminal charges) are making their way through the legislature. This analysis (read here) discusses the intent, potential benefits, and financial impact of the legislation. CS/SB618 is sponsored by Senator Greg Evers, and a similar…