Florida Senate - 2012                                     SB 998
       By Senator Negron
       28-00934A-12                                           2012998__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to concealed weapons or firearms;
    3         creating s. 790.062, F.S.; providing for otherwise
    4         qualified members and veterans of the United States
    5         Armed Forces to be issued a concealed weapon or
    6         firearm license regardless of age or United States
    7         residency in certain circumstances; providing
    8         additional methods for the taking of fingerprints from
    9         such license applicants; amending s. 790.015, F.S.;
   10         providing for members and veterans of the United
   11         States Armed Forces to be granted reciprocity
   12         regardless of age; providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Section 790.062, Florida Statutes, is created to
   17  read:
   18         790.062 Members and veterans of United States Armed Forces;
   19  exceptions from licensure provisions.—
   20         (1) Notwithstanding s. 790.06(2)(b), the Department of
   21  Agriculture and Consumer Services shall issue a license to carry
   22  a concealed weapon or firearm under s. 790.06 if the applicant
   23  is otherwise qualified and:
   24         (a) Is a servicemember, as defined in s. 250.01; or
   25         (b) Is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was
   26  discharged under honorable conditions.
   27         (2) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
   28  shall accept fingerprints of an applicant under this section
   29  administered by any law enforcement agency, military provost, or
   30  other military unit charged with law enforcement duties or as
   31  otherwise provided for in 790.06(5)(c).
   32         Section 2. Section 790.015, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   33  read:
   34         790.015 Nonresidents who are United States citizens and
   35  hold a concealed weapons license in another state; reciprocity.—
   36         (1) Notwithstanding s. 790.01, a resident of the United
   37  States who is a nonresident of Florida may carry a concealed
   38  weapon or concealed firearm while in this state if the
   39  nonresident:
   40         (a) Is 21 years of age or older.; and
   41         (b) Has in his or her immediate possession a valid license
   42  to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm issued to the
   43  nonresident in his or her state of residence.
   44         (c) Is a resident of the United States.
   45         (2) A nonresident is subject to the same laws and
   46  restrictions with respect to carrying a concealed weapon or
   47  concealed firearm as a resident of Florida who is so licensed.
   48         (3) If the resident of another state who is the holder of a
   49  valid license to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm
   50  issued in another state establishes legal residence in this
   51  state by:
   52         (a) Registering to vote;, or
   53         (b) Making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17;,
   54  or
   55         (c) Filing for homestead tax exemption on property in this
   56  state,
   58  the license shall remain in effect for 90 days following the
   59  date on which the holder of the license establishes legal state
   60  residence.
   61         (4) This section applies only to nonresident concealed
   62  weapon or concealed firearm licenseholders from states that
   63  honor Florida concealed weapon or concealed firearm licenses.
   64         (5) The requirement of paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a
   65  person who:
   66         (a) Is a servicemember, as defined in s. 250.01; or
   67         (b) Is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was
   68  discharged under honorable conditions.
   69         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.