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. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 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.