Under Florida law, any person who sells, barters, lends, transfers or any other way gives a person under 18-years-old any weapon other than an ordinary pocket knife, without the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian commits a first degree misdemeanor. It is also a first degree misdemeanor to give a person of unsound mind the same items described above. See Fla. Stat. sec. 790.17.
A person who knowingly or willfully sells or transfers a firearm to a minor under 18-years-old without the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian commits a third degree felony. If the minor does have permission of his or her parent or guardian, the parent or guardian must maintain possession of the firearm. See Fla. Stat. sec. 790.17.
“Firearm” is defined as any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This term does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime.
If you would like to read more Florida law regarding firearms and other weapons please see Florida Statutes, Title XLVI – Crimes, Chapter 790 – Weapons and Firearms.
Even if a minor does have the consent of his or her parent or guardian to possess a firearm, the parent or guardian must maintain possession of the firearm. Guns are extremely dangerous weapons. Guns / firearms can inflict serious personal injuries onto others. Worse, these weapons are also deadly. If you have a gun in your home, it is important to store the gun properly so as to restrict access to the device. In any place that a child lives or visits (i.e., homes, businesses) and a firearm is on the premises, the firearm should be stored or locked away in an area that is inaccessible to the child. Properly storing a firearm will decrease the likelihood of a minor seriously injuring his or herself and others. Yes, there are rights to gun ownership in the State of Florida and the rest of the United States. With these rights also come responsibility especially when considering the safety of children.