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Can A Juvenile Possess A Firearm In Florida?

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Criminal Law

Most people, in my opinion, may think that a juvenile can shoot a BB gun without adult supervision. It is actually a first degree misdemeanor for a juvenile to operate a BB gun, air or gas operated gun, electric weapon or firearm unless an adult is supervising them. The adult who allowed the unsupervised use of it is also guilty of a second degree misdemeanor.

A minor can actually possess a firearm if it is unloaded and he/she is at their home. The exception occurs if the minor is at least sixteen (16) years old or if they are under sixteen (16) years old has an adult present when hunting or engage in a marksmanship competition.

If the child is found guilty of violating this statute F.S. 790.22, their driver’s license is suspended for 12 months, they are required to perform 100 hours of community service, and they can serve up to five (5) days in secure detention.

Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not a defense. Moral of the story-parents lock up your guns.