Florida Senate - 2019                       CS for CS for SB 722
       By the Committees on Rules; and Judiciary; and Senator Hooper
       595-04837-19                                           2019722c2
    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
    9         construction; requiring the appointing law enforcement
   10         agency to issue any firearm or ammunition to tactical
   11         medical professionals; providing a definition;
   12         providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Paragraph (q) is added to subsection (3) of
   17  section 790.25, Florida Statutes, to read:
   18         790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms
   19  and other weapons.—
   20         (3) LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06
   21  do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such
   22  sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own,
   23  possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons,
   24  ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes:
   25         (q)1.A tactical medical professional who is actively
   26  operating in direct support of a tactical operation by a law
   27  enforcement agency, provided that all of the following
   28  conditions are met:
   29         a.The tactical medical professional is lawfully able to
   30  possess firearms and has an active concealed weapons license
   31  issued pursuant to s. 790.06.
   32         b.The tactical medical professional is appointed to a law
   33  enforcement tactical team of a law enforcement agency by the
   34  head of the law enforcement agency.
   35         c.The law enforcement agency has an established policy
   36  providing for the appointment, training, and deployment of the
   37  tactical medical professional.
   38         d.The tactical medical professional successfully completes
   39  a firearms safety training and tactical training as established
   40  or designated by the appointing law enforcement agency.
   41         e.The law enforcement agency provides and the tactical
   42  medical professional participates in annual firearm training and
   43  tactical training.
   44         2.Except as to the powers of arrest, a tactical medical
   45  professional who meets all of the conditions in subparagraph 1.
   46  has the same immunities and privileges as a law enforcement
   47  officer, as defined in s. 943.10.
   48         3.This paragraph may not be construed to authorize a
   49  tactical medical professional to carry, transport, or store any
   50  firearm or ammunition on any fire apparatus or EMS vehicle.
   51         4.The appointing law enforcement agency shall issue any
   52  firearm or ammunition that the tactical medical professional
   53  carries in accordance with this paragraph.
   54         5.For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “tactical
   55  medical professional” means a paramedic, as defined in s.
   56  401.23, a physician, as defined in s. 458.305, or an osteopathic
   57  physician, as defined in s. 459.003, who is appointed to provide
   58  direct support to a tactical law enforcement unit by providing
   59  medical services at high-risk incidents, including, but not
   60  limited to, hostages incidents, narcotics raids, hazardous
   61  surveillance, sniper incidents, armed suicidal persons,
   62  barricaded suspects, high-risk felony warrant service, fugitives
   63  refusing to surrender, and active shooter incidents.
   64         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.