Federal and State gun laws are complex, so gun owners in West Palm Beach must understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Recent changes in Florida firearms statutes state that responsible gun owners are no longer required to take a safety course to obtain a concealed weapon permit; however, these new laws do not mean anyone can carry a weapon at any time or place.

Staying informed and complying with gun laws is the best way to protect your rights and avoid legal consequences. Call a diligent weapons Attorney at Leifert & Leifert, who is seasoned in West Palm Beach gun laws in airports. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us protect your legal rights.

Gun-Free Zones in West Palm Beach

Gun-free zones in Florida include specific State and Federal entities as well as any areas with “no guns” signs posted. Private locations prohibiting guns may not have the legal authority to arrest or charge firearm people who carry firearms, but responsible gun ownership requires adhering to the location’s rules upon entering. Federal and State laws prohibit entering any of the following areas with a gun:

  • Federal and State government facilities and buildings, including Courthouses
  • Airports
  • Police departments and sheriff locations
  • Jails, State Prisons, or Detention Centers
  • Polling locations during elections
  • All educational institutions, such as public or private schools, colleges, and universities
  • Bars, restaurants, clubs, or sports venues that serve patrons alcoholic beverages

State laws prohibit entering a school with a weapon and having a firearm within 1000 feet of a school, daycare, or other institution. Failing to comply could result in detainment by local Law Enforcement or severe penalties. A local Attorney knowledgeable about airport gun laws could provide legal advice and help prepare a defense after your arrest.

Regulations Prohibit Possessing Firearms in Sterile Areas

Federal gun rules and regulations control access to firearms within “sterile” areas, including inside airport terminals and security screening zones. According to Florida Statutes § 790.06(12)(d), the law considers airport terminals sterile areas, strictly forbidding passengers from possessing guns on their person or in a carry-on bag while on the premises.

When you intend to travel with a firearm or other weapon, you must place it in a locked firearm encasement and check the item at baggage claim. Anyone who intentionally carries a concealed weapon in an unauthorized place, such as an airport, school, Courthouse, or voting location during elections, could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

Second-Degree Misdemeanor Penalties

An arrest and conviction for a second-degree misdemeanor could carry the following penalties:

  • Fines of up to $500
  • A maximum of 60 days in the County Jail
  • Up to six months of supervised probation

When you are charged with carrying a firearm through an airport in West Palm Beach, a talented Lawyer will review Federal and State rules and regulations and fight to get you the best outcome in your case.

Speak to an Attorney in West Palm Beach Experienced With Gun Laws in Airports

Taking immediate action to protect your rights is crucial when facing gun law violations. Our Attorneys have years of experience handling cases involving West Palm Beach gun laws in airports and could advocate for your rights and fight aggressively to reach the best potential outcome in your case. The Lawyers at Leifert & Leifert are ready to review your case, so call us today.

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