Florida’s new permitless carry law has sparked many questions regarding its impact on various groups, including felons. In this article, we address the common concerns surrounding the law’s effect on felons, their ability to possess firearms, and the legal consequences they may face. As a leading criminal defense law firm in Florida, Rossen Law Firm is dedicated to keeping you informed and providing expert legal guidance on such crucial matters.
No, Florida’s new permitless carry law does not allow felons to carry firearms. The law applies only to individuals who are over the age of 21 and are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm. Felons are typically barred from possessing firearms under both federal and state laws. The permitless carry law does not change these restrictions, and felons found in possession of a firearm can still face criminal charges.
Florida law specifically bars felons from possessing firearms under Florida Statute 790.23. This statute makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons/devices.
The crime committed by a felon who possesses a firearm is known as “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” If a felon is found to be in possession of a firearm in Florida, they can be charged with a second-degree felony.
The penalties for a second-degree felony in Florida include:
It is important to note that these penalties can be more severe if the individual has a prior criminal history or if the firearm possession is connected to the commission of another crime. The permitless carry law does not change these restrictions or penalties for felons found in possession of a firearm.
If you or a loved one is a felon facing firearm possession charges in Florida, it is crucial to seek experienced legal representation. Rossen Law Firm is well-versed in Florida’s firearm laws and has a track record of successfully defending clients in similar situations. Our team will work diligently to protect your rights, explore all possible defenses, and provide the best possible outcome for your case.
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