Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 722
       By Senator Hooper
       16-01255-19                                            2019722__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to carrying of firearms by tactical
    3         medical professionals; amending s. 790.25, F.S.;
    4         exempting certain licensed medical professionals from
    5         specified provisions concerning the carrying of
    6         firearms; requiring certain policies and procedures
    7         for law enforcement agencies; providing immunities and
    8         privileges for such professionals; providing a
    9         definition; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (q) is added to subsection (3) of
   14  section 790.25, Florida Statutes, to read:
   15         790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms
   16  and other weapons.—
   17         (3) LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06
   18  do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such
   19  sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own,
   20  possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons,
   21  ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes:
   22         (q)1.A tactical medical professional who is actively
   23  operating in direct support of a tactical operation by a law
   24  enforcement agency provided that:
   25         a.The tactical medical professional is lawfully able to
   26  possess firearms and has an active concealed weapons permit
   27  issued pursuant to s. 790.06.
   28         b.The tactical medical professional is appointed to a law
   29  enforcement tactical team of a law enforcement agency by the
   30  head of the law enforcement agency.
   31         c.The law enforcement agency has an established policy
   32  providing for the appointment, training, and deployment of the
   33  tactical medical professional.
   34         d.The tactical medical professional successfully completes
   35  a firearms safety training and tactical training as established
   36  or designated by the appointing law enforcement agency.
   37         e.The law enforcement agency provides and the tactical
   38  medical professional participates in annual firearm training and
   39  tactical training.
   40         2.Except as to the powers of arrest, a tactical medical
   41  professional has the same immunities and privileges as a law
   42  enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10.
   43         3.For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “tactical
   44  medical professional” means a paramedic, as defined in s.
   45  401.23, or a physician, as defined in s. 458.305, who is
   46  appointed to provide direct support to a tactical law
   47  enforcement unit by providing medical services at high-risk
   48  incidents, including, but not limited to, hostages incidents,
   49  narcotics raids, hazardous surveillance, sniper incidents, armed
   50  suicidal persons, barricaded suspects, high risk felony warrant
   51  service, fugitives refusing to surrender, and active shooter
   52  incidents.
   53         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.