Legal Information: Florida

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 21, 2018

What protections can I get in a risk protection order?

A risk protection order (both an ex parte and a final order) will prohibit the respondent from:

  • having a firearm or ammunition in his/her custody or control,
  • purchasing,
  • possessing,
  • receiving, or
  • attempting to purchase or receive a firearm or ammunition.

A risk protection order will also order that the respondent give up any license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm.1

A risk protection order must also have the following:

  • an explanation of why the order was issued;
  • the date the order was issued;
  • the date the order ends;
  • whether the respondent must complete a mental health evaluation or chemical dependency evaluation;
  • the address of the court where any court paperwork should be filed; and
  • a statement that includes a warning to the respondent to turn firearms and ammunition in to law enforcement.2

1 Fla Stat. § 790.401(7)(a)
2 Fla Stat. § 790.401(3)(g)