Florida has for years been a gun-friendly State, but this does not mean that there are no restrictions on gun ownership. In fact, in 2018, the State has added additional regulations on gun ownership and purchase. Furthermore, while the State allows for gun ownership in many cases, it imposes particularly strict sentences for violations of firearm law.
If you were accused of committing a gun-related offense, be sure to get in touch with one of our experienced defense attorneys at Leifert & Leifert today. A Jupiter gun lawyer could sit with you and review the details of your case so you can effectively contest your charges and defend your rights in court.
A license is required to carry a concealed firearm in Jupiter. According to Florida Statutes §790.01, it is a third-degree Felony to carry a concealed gun without a proper permit.
A third-degree Felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $5000. This is just one example of how Jupiter law can come down hard on a Defendant convicted of a firearm violation. Since the Court has broad discretion in administering punishment, representation from a Jupiter gun Lawyer may be necessary for a convicted person to adequately protect their best interests.
It is not legal in Jupiter for most citizens to carry an openly visible firearm in public. According to Fla. Stat. §790.053, a conviction for this crime would be treated as a second-degree Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
There are some exceptions to this law, including the carrying of an open weapon at one’s own place of residence or business, or while hunting. A Jupiter firearm attorney at Leifert & Leifert could give specific legal advice about the exceptions to this and other statutes.
Firearms in a Vehicle
When riding in a vehicle, a person without a concealed carry permit must secure their gun in a manner which renders it not immediately accessible. Specifically, handguns should be “securely encased.” Due to the subjective nature of this standard, though, a charge for not “securely encasing” a firearm could be successfully challenged in Court.
Changes to Florida Gun Laws in 2018
In early 2018, the Florida Legislature signed into law several new regulations which affect Jupiter firearm code. These changes include:
- Raising the minimum age for purchasing a firearm to 21
- Requiring a mandatory three-day waiting period before purchasing a firearm
- Banning “bump stocks”
A qualified legal representative could provide detailed advice concerning these recent changes to the law. Since these kinds of changes to State gun laws are likely to continue, it is often advisable to consult legal counsel before purchasing a firearm to ensure compliance with current regulations.
Contact a Jupiter Gun Attorney Today
While generally supporting Second Amendment rights, the State of Florida nevertheless imposes strict sanctions on those convicted with violating gun laws. Furthermore, firearm laws are evolving rapidly, and a violation in Jupiter could carry serious consequences.
If you are charged with a gun violation or are unsure about the current legality of gun use, possession, or ownership, contact a Jupiter gun Lawyer. Our dedicated attorneys at Leifert & Leifert could inform you of your rights and fight on your behalf to protect them.