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Know the Laws: Florida

UPDATED April 13, 2017

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Below is information about state gun laws in Florida.  An injunction for protection against domestic violence or criminal conviction may make it illegal for an abuser to have a gun. However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages.

WomensLaw.org strongly recommends that you get in touch with a domestic violence advocate or lawyer in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. To find an agency, please go to the FL Where to Find Help page.

Basic Info about Florida's state gun laws

back to topI am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

Florida state law says that the abuser cannot buy or have a gun in his/her possession if there is a final injunction for protection against domestic violence or a final injunction against stalking/cyberstalking currently in effect against him/her.*  However, this law does not apply if the abuser is a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer -- either full-time, part-time, or auxiliary.**

In addition, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict the abuser's right to have a gun if the abuser has been convicted of certain domestic violence-related crimes or if you have an order of protection against the abuser that meets certain requirements.  Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

* F.S.A. § 790.233(1)
** F.S.A. §§ 790.233(3); 943.10(14)

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