What Stun Gun Rights Does a Resident Have in Florida?

stun gun laws in floridaWhen it comes to a person’s safety and their rights each state has different requirements and laws in place. This is why it’s a good idea to know exactly what where your legalities stand when owning a stun gun in the state of Florida for your protection.

In Florida it is legal to own and carry a stun gun; however, before purchasing one it is important for residents to bear in mind that there are also restrictions in place.

In order for a resident of Florida to purchase a stun gun legally they must first apply for a license the same way they would if they were applying for a handgun license. Those applying for a license must prove that they are legal residents of the state, at least 21 years of age and can prove their competency with the device. Once applications have been submitted they can take up to 90 days provided all documentation has been correctly received by the state.

Under Statute 790.01 of the Carrying Concealed Weapons law “a person who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.”

However, under Statute 790.04 “it is not a violation of this section for a person to carry for purposes of lawful self-defense, in a concealed manner:

(a) A self-defense chemical spray, and;

(b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.”

Another factor to bear in mind is the Concealed Carry Reciprocity. This is a comprehensive list of the states with up-to-date information regarding changes to firearm laws in states and attempts to negotiate agreements as the laws in those states allow.

For example, as recently as April 25th, 2013, Washington no longer honors a Florida concealed weapon licence and since February 4th, 2013, Pennsylvania stopped honoring a Florida concealed weapon license if the holder of the licence was not a resident of the state of Florida.

When traveling through different states it is important for licence holders to know that they are subject to the laws of that state and if the state they are traveling through no longer honors a weapons license they are committing a misdemenor. Consequently, depending on the state you travel through you may find you have to do more research and planning to see what you are legally permitted to carry. For many of the states this also applies to self defense devices such as stun guns and pepper spray.

Jose Alpuerto

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