Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 722
       By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Hooper
       590-02893-19                                           2019722c1
    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 all of the following conditions
   25  are met:
   26         a.The tactical medical professional is lawfully able to
   27  possess firearms and has an active concealed weapons permit
   28  issued pursuant to s. 790.06.
   29         b.The tactical medical professional is appointed to a law
   30  enforcement tactical team of a law enforcement agency by the
   31  head of the law enforcement agency.
   32         c.The law enforcement agency has an established policy
   33  providing for the appointment, training, and deployment of the
   34  tactical medical professional.
   35         d.The tactical medical professional successfully completes
   36  a firearms safety training and tactical training as established
   37  or designated by the appointing law enforcement agency.
   38         e.The law enforcement agency provides and the tactical
   39  medical professional participates in annual firearm training and
   40  tactical training.
   41         2.Except as to the powers of arrest, a tactical medical
   42  professional who meets all of the conditions in subparagraph 1.
   43  has the same immunities and privileges as a law enforcement
   44  officer, as defined in s. 943.10.
   45         3.For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “tactical
   46  medical professional” means a paramedic, as defined in s.
   47  401.23, a physician, as defined in s. 458.305, or an osteopathic
   48  physician, as defined in s. 459.003, who is appointed to provide
   49  direct support to a tactical law enforcement unit by providing
   50  medical services at high-risk incidents, including, but not
   51  limited to, hostages incidents, narcotics raids, hazardous
   52  surveillance, sniper incidents, armed suicidal persons,
   53  barricaded suspects, high risk felony warrant service, fugitives
   54  refusing to surrender, and active shooter incidents.
   55         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.