Florida law outlines specific regulations and penalties related to the possession and use of weapons. Knowing about these offenses helps promote public safety and ensures compliance with the law.
You may face weapons charges alone or along with charges such as assault or burglary.
Unlawful concealed category
This offense involves possessing a concealed firearm or other dangerous weapons without the proper authorization. Even if you have a license, the state prohibits possession of any weapon on school grounds, public property or in government buildings.
Unlawful concealed carry can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the specific weapon. Convicted individuals can receive up to $5,000 in fines and up to five years in prison.
Firearm possession by a felon
Florida law prohibits individuals with felony convictions from possessing firearms. This additional felony offense leads to severe consequences, including imprisonment and fines.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Aggravated assault occurs when an individual threatens another person with a deadly weapon with the intent to cause fear of harm. The use of a weapon elevates the severity of the assault charge.
According to the Southwest Journal, Florida has more than 5,200 gun-related injuries every year. The newspaper also reports more than 1,000 annual gun homicides in the state.
Discharging a firearm in public
This law aims to prevent the reckless use of firearms, ensuring the safety of individuals within the community. Violators face charges and penalties for endangering public safety.
Understanding these types of weapons offenses helps state residents avoid unintentional legal violations.