Whether for personal protection or simply for use at the range as a past-time, firearms have been a part of American history since the beginning. Enshrined in the constitution, Americans are proud of their right to bear arms, and rightfully so. However, having the right to bear arms still has some restrictions. In the state of Florida, a state known for being relatively relaxed in regards to guns, there are still some important laws you should be aware of prior to carrying a firearm. When you find yourself accused of violating those laws, having a law firm that understands how to defend against these allegations can go a long way. Your best place to start is to understand the laws of the land.
Understanding Florida Gun Laws
With the local “Stand your ground” laws, Florida is considered one of the most firearm friendly states in the country. Though the nuances are far from simple, the premise of this law is that if you are attacked, you have the right to defend yourself with any means necessary. In other words, if someone initiates a fight you can defend yourself with a firearm, assuming you felt your life was in danger. In either case, caution should be exercised, but this law does make it easier to carry and defend yourself. However, open carry is illegal in Florida, as is concealed carry without a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit.
Avoiding Florida Firearm Crime
Understanding the local Florida laws is the first step to avoiding potential firearm charges. However, even with a solid understanding of the law, you might find yourself accused of violating one or more of them. In these times, knowing your rights is important and consulting with a qualified attorney can help you avoid undue penalties.
Don’t Neglect Federal Firearm Crimes
Of course, beyond the state firearm laws in Florida, it’s important you also consider various federal statutes concerning guns. By understanding both local and federal regulations and restrictions, it makes it much easier to avoid situations where a law enforcement officer might perceive a violation. Federal laws include such restrictions as possession of firearms as a felon, selling to a known felon, possession of restricted firearms, such as sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, silencers, etc., dealing in stolen firearms, and more. It is recommended you consider federal firearm crimes and consult with an attorney if you have any questions on this subject.
Working With An Experienced Attorney
When you are accused of violating Florida firearm laws, it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Piotrowski Law, we are proud to offer that experience to you in your time of need. Maintaining a flawless review record online, holding a coveted 10.0 rating on Avvo, and named in the top 100 trial lawyers by The National Trial Laws, Chad Piotrowski leads our team to ensure you get world-class representation for your case.
We review your situation and determine the best option based on your unique circumstances and the alleged crime. If you want personalized and attentive help navigating your case, remember there is one name you can trust. So, if you or a loved one stand accused of a gun crime in Florida, call Piotrowski Law today at 305-204-5000 for a free consultation.