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. 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 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.