Legal Information: Florida

State Gun Laws

April 13, 2017

I 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)