2018 Florida Proposed Gun Legislation

2018 Florida Proposed Gun Legislation… final status as of 16 March 2018
including positions of the FL Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence & LWVFL
To track legislation for both chambers, visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bills/2018

 

Bill Sponsor Content Comments
SENATE
SB 120 – top priority, oppose Steube Businesses that ban guns can be liable for damages in a shooting Introduced unsuccessfully in 2017 session; referred to Judiciary, Appropriations & Rules 8/28/17; DIED in Judiciary
SB 134 – top priority, oppose Steube Authorizing a concealed weapon carrier to temporarily surrender a weapon or firearm if the licensee approaches courthouse security Introduced unsuccessfully in 2017 session; LWVF opposes; voted down by Judiciary Dec. 6 (4Y/6N)
SB 148 – top priority, oppose Steube Reduces current penalty if a concealed carry permit holder inadvertently displays firearm (openly carries) Voted down by Judiciary Dec. 6 (5Y/5N)
SB 152 (neutral)

Steube Allows payment of processing fees for criminal history checks of potential firearms buyers by electronic means Passed by Judiciary (10-0), Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal & Civil Justice 12/7 (6/0) and on Appropriations 1/18 (18-0); TABLED Feb. 2
SB 274 – top priority, oppose Stargel Allows permit holders to carry concealed weapons at private schools affiliated with religious institutions Judiciary Dec. 6 (4Y/6N) voted down
SB 328  (neutral)   Veteran ID: create veteran ID card for certain puposes incl. expedited process of application for license to concealed carry On Appropriations Committee agenda for 27 Feb 11am; DIED in Appropriations
SB740 – oppose Stargel “clean-up” agriculture bill that revises submission requirements for class K firearm license application & renewal and on line 2487: allows people to get concealed weapons licenses if criminal background checks are not complete within 90 days; license would be immediately suspended if disqualifying info is later found

 

Similar to HB553; passed by Agriculture; Appropriations subcommittee on environment & natural resources, now in Appropriations; bill amended by Stargel to remove change to permit process 15 Feb; passed by Appropriations 20-0 on 22 Feb; SIGNED by legislature, forwarded to governor
SB1048 – oppose Baxley Authorizes religious institutions to allow concealed firearms licensee to carry in certain places under certain circumstances (not on school/college grounds) Passed through committees & scheduled for floor vote 2/14/18; temporarily postponed for 3rd reading 21 Feb; DIED on calendar
SB 1236 – top priority, oppose Baxley “School safety” (aka campus carry) allows school principals or district school superintendents to designate concealed carry licensees who can campus carry; requires policies & procedures for active shooter & hostage situations and safety training
(see more detail under HB621)
Introduced 12/11; Garcia and Flores (Judiciary) opposed similar legislation in 2017 session; referred to Judiciary, Education & Rules 1/11/18; temporarily postponed at 20 Feb Judiciary committee mtg.; DIED in Judiciary
SB 1242 – top priority, oppose Steube Specified provisions relating to carrying of weapons and firearms don’t apply to people engaged in, traveling to or returning from certain outdoor activities OR traveling to or returning from motor vehicles, residences, shelter and other places Filed 12/12/17; referred to Judiciary, Governmental Oversight & Accountability and Rules; not considered (as planned) at 1/18/18 Judiciary Committee mtg.; DIED in Judiciary
SMART BILLS      
SB 196
SMART LEGISLATION – top priority, support
Stewart Semi-automatic assault weapon and high capacity magazine ban Rouson  is co-introducer. Referred to Judiciary, Criminal Justice, Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal & Civil Justice, Appropriations 8/28; DIED in Judiciary
SB 218

SMART – top priority, support

Farmer Tightens requirements for safe storage of firearms Referred to Regulated Industries, Children, Families & Elder Affairs, & Rules 9/22; DIED in Judiciary; NO HOUSE COMPANION BILL
SB 334
SMART – top priority, support
Bracy Requires Dept. of Law Enforcement to include questions re: buyer’s criminal history, etc. relating to eligibility to make firearm purchase and notify law enforcement when potential sale/transfer receives non-approval # Filed 9/22; referred to Judiciary, Appropriations and Rules 10/12; DIED in Judiciary
SB 400
SMART
Campbell Concealed weapons/firearms: requires issuance of license if, in addition to other specified criteria, applicant has undergone a mental health evaluation & has been determined to be competent Referred to Health Policy, Commerce & Tourism & Rules 10/25; DIED in Health Policy
SB 456 SMART Stewart Prohibits importation, transfer or possession of bump-fire stock; authorizes person to relinquish or destroy bump-fire stock Rouson is co-introducer. Referred to Judiciary, Criminal Justice & Rules 10/25; DIED in Judiciary
SB 530 SMART Gibson Authorizes risk protection orders to prevent persons at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms

 

Referred to Judiciary, Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal & Civil Justice, Appropriations & Rules 10/26; DIED in Judiciary
SB 838 SMART Farmer Sale and Delivery of Firearms; Requiring that the parties, if neither party to a sale, lease, or transfer of a firearm is a licensed dealer, complete the sale, lease, or transfer through a licensed dealer; applying the mandatory 3-day waiting period to private sales of handguns facilitated through a licensed dealer, etc. Referred to Judiciary, Governmental Oversight & Accountability, and Rules 11/29; NO HOUSE COMPANION BILL; DIED in Judiciary
       
LAST MINUTE BILLS (after Parkland shooting)      
SB1940 Galvano Public records & public meeting/school safety On Rules committee agenda 9am 1 March; PASSED by legislature & signed by governor
SB 7022 – support

 

6 amendments

Rules committee Firearm safety: law enforcement can seize and hold firearms and ammo if taking custody of person who poses potential danger to him/herself or others or who has bade credible threat to another person; prohibits person who’s bee adjudicated mentally defective from owning/possessing firearm until certain relief is obtained; prohibits person younger than certain age from purchasing firearm Submitted 2/21; on Rules committee agenda 26 Feb 2:30pm and Appropriations committee agenda 27 Feb 11am if received; NOT RECEIVED by Appropriations
SB 7024 – support

 

8 amendments

Rules committee Provides exemption from public records requirements for address of victim of crime of mass violence that’s occurred on grounds of educational institution and address of immediate family member of victim contained in law enforcement report Submitted 2/21; on Rules committee agenda 26 Feb 2:30pm and Appropriations committee agenda 27 Feb 11am if received; PASSED by legislature and signed by governor

http://laws.flrules.org/2018/2

SB 7026 – oppose

 

231 amendments

Rules committee School safety: est. office of safe schools within Dept. of Educ.; create Commission on School Safety & Security within FL Dept. of Law Enforcement; establish Multiagency Service Network for Students with Severe Emotional Disturbance requiring formulation of policies & procedures for active shooter situations; require district school boards to establish or assign safe-school officers at each facility; includes arming school personnel exempting those who solely teach
Raises age from 18 to 21 to purchase any gun.
Imposes 3-day waiting period for purchase of rifles & other long guns.
Bans sale or possession of bump stocks.
Establishes Risk Protection Order Act which allows police to petition court to temporarily seize ammunition and guns for up to one year from a person who poses a significant danger to himself or others.
Creates allocations to assist school districts in establishing or expanding school-based mental health care.
Includes $400M appropriation.
Submitted 2/21;passed by Rules committee 26 Feb; passed by Appropriations 27 Feb; vote 1 March 1pm; PASSED by legislature and signed by governor

http://laws.flrules.org/2018/3

       
HOUSE
HB 39 – top priority, oppose Combee Reduces current penalty if a concealed carry permit holder inadvertently displays firearm (openly carries) Passed by 1/29 (9-4) Criminal Justice Subcommittee, passed by Judiciary  2/7 (14-6); placed on calendar 2/7; moved to 2nd reading; DIED on calendar
HB 55 (neutral)
PASSED
White Allows payment of processing fees for criminal history checks of potential firearms buyers by electronic means Passed 10-0 by Oversight, Transparency & Admin Subcommittee 12/6; passed 19-0 by Judiciary Committee; passed by Govt. Accountability Comm. 18-0; passed by House 1/31 (110-2); temporarily postponed on 3rd reading 21 Feb; ORDERED ENROLLED and passed to governor
HB 91 – oppose
withdrawn
Avila Proposes amendment to state constitution to remove certain restrictions on purchase of personal firearms by active duty serve members. Withdrawn prior to introduction 9/18
HB 93 – top priority, oppose
withdrawn
Avila Exempts purchase of handgun by active duty member of armed services from 3-day waiting period Withdrawn prior to introduction 9/18
HB 113 – top priority, oppose Combee Allows permit holders to carry concealed weapons at private schools affiliated with religious institutions Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee & Judiciary Committee 9/6; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
HB 383 – oppose

withdrawn

Byrd Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Authorizing a concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to temporarily surrender a weapon or firearm if the licensee approaches courthouse security or management personnel upon arrival and follows their instructions; defining the term “courthouse”; preempting certain ordinances, rules, orders, and regulations that conflict with that definition or with certain rights, etc. 

 

Companion SB196; referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Oversight, Transparency & Admin Subcommittee and Judiciary 11/1; withdrawn
HB553 – oppose Raburn 114 page “clean-up” agriculture bill with provision (pg. 102), requested by Ag Commissioner Putnam, that allows people to get concealed weapons licenses if criminal background checks are not complete within 90 days; license would be immediately suspended if disqualifying info is later found Passed by several committees including Commerce on 1/30/18 (21-3); awaiting floor vote; see SB740 (similar); TABLED March 6
HB 621 – top priority, oppose Rommel School Safety: Provides exception to prohibition on possessing firearms & specified devices on school property for authorized concealed weapon & firearm licensees who are designated by school principals & district school superintendents; provides requirements for designees; requires district school boards to formulate & prescribe policies & procedures for active shooter & hostage situations; requires that active shooter training for each school be conducted by law enforcement agency designated as first responders to school’s campus; requires district school boards & private school principals & governing boards allow campus tours by such agency; permits district school boards to commission one or more school safety officers on each school’s campus; requires district school superintendents to provide recommendations on school safety & security to law enforcement agencies. 

 

Passed by Criminal Justice Subcommittee 1/24 (7-3), now in PreK-12 Quality subcommittee, then Judiciary; DIED in PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee
HB739 – top priority, oppose Fant Specified provisions relating to carrying of weapons and firearms don’t apply to people engaged in, traveling to or returning from certain outdoor activities OR traveling to or returning from motor vehicles, residences, shelter and other places Filed 11/17/17; referred to Criminal Justice subcommittee, Justice Appropriations subcommittee & Judiciary Committee; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
HB1419 – oppose McClure & Spano Authorizes religious institutions to allow concealed firearms licensee to carry in certain places under certain circumstances (differs from SB1048 in that it doesn’t exempt schools/colleges) Passed through committees & placed on calendar for vote as of 2/1/18; moved to 2nd reading; DIED on calendar
HB 6013 – oppose Byrd Removes provision requiring court to order return of pistol or firearm when it is taken by officer with or without search warrant upon viewing breach of peace Passed by Criminal Justice subcommittee 9-3 on 10/25; passed by Judiciary 13-6 1/11/18; passed by House 1/31/18 (88-24)
NO SENATE COMPANION BILL but referred to Senate Criminal Justice, Judiciary & Rules on 2/8/18; DIED in Criminal Justice
       
LAST MINUTE BILLS after Parkland shooting      
HB7101 Appropriations committee; Oliva Public safety: revises  responsibilities of FL Dept. of Law Enforcement, DCF, DOE, school districts & boards & superintendents; revises provisions relating to mental health services for students, possession & sale of firearms, school emergency preparedness & school resource officer program; arms teachers Filed 2/27; DIED on calendar
HB7103 Appropriations committee; Oliva Public records & public meetings/school safety 27 Feb. filed; placed on special order calendar for 2 March; DIED on calendar but approved as part of SB1940 and signed by governor (see above)
HB7105 Appropriations Committee Public records & victims of mass violence DIED in committee but approved as part of SB7024 and signed by governor (see above)
SMART BILLS      
HB 153 Judiciary Written threats to conduct mass shootings or acts of terrorist; prohibiting person from making, posting or transmitting a threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism in writing or other record in any many that would allow another person to view the threat; exemptions certain providers of services from liability Filed 9/26/17; passed through committees; order engrossed then enrolled (passed to governor?) 3/9/18
HB 219
SMART LEGISLATION– top priority, support
Smith Prohibits sale, transfers or possession of assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazines, with some exceptions Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations subcommittee & Judiciary Committee 10/12; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
HB 221  SMART Smith Provides exemption from public records requirements for personal identifying info of person issued certificate of possess of assault weapon or large-capacity magazine (linked to HB219) Referred to Criminal Justice subcommittee; Oversight, Transparency & Administration subcommittee; Judiciary Committee 10/12; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
HB 231  SMART Berman Authorizes risk protection orders to prevent persons who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms Referred to Criminal Justice subcommittee, Justice appropriations subcommittee, Judiciary committee 10/12
HB 269 SMART

withdrawn

Jacquet Requires applicant for concealed weapons or firearms license to undergo mental health evaluation by licensed professional & be determined to be competent Referred to Criminal Justice subcommittee, Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee & Judiciary 10/18; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
HB 321 SMART Richardson Prohibits importation, transfer or possession of bump-fire stock; authorizes person to relinquish or destroy bump-fire stock Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee & Judiciary 10/18; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee but incorporated in legislation signed by governor
HB 677 SMART – top priority

withdrawn

DuBose Requires FDLE to include questions on buyer’s criminal history & eligibility on standard firearm purchase form; requires notice to law enforcement when sale/transfer receives non-approval Filed 11/14/17; withdrawn 11/20
HB 1051 SMART – top priority DuBose Requires FDLE to include on standard firearm purchase form certain questions concerning potential buyer’s criminal history & eligibility; requires notice to law enforcement when potential sale/transfer receives non-approval Filed 12/21/17; referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Judiciary 1/9/18; DIED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee