Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1248
       By Senator Torres
       15-01583A-20                                          20201248__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the safe storage of firearms;
    3         creating s. 790.0656, F.S.; providing firearm storage
    4         requirements for licensed importers, licensed
    5         manufacturers, and licensed dealers under certain
    6         circumstances; authorizing agents or employees of the
    7         Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to
    8         perform inspections under certain circumstances;
    9         providing noncriminal penalties; providing an
   10         effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 790.0656, Florida Statutes, is created
   15  to read:
   16         790.0656Safe storage of firearms by licensed importers,
   17  manufacturers, and dealers.—
   18         (1)A licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed
   19  dealer who stores or leaves on a business premises under its
   20  control a firearm shall, when the premises is not open for
   21  business, secure each firearm on the premises using one of the
   22  following methods:
   23         (a)Secure the firearm with a hardened steel rod or cable
   24  of at least 1/8 inch in diameter through the trigger guard of
   25  the firearm. The steel rod or cable shall be secured with a
   26  hardened steel lock that has a shackle. The lock and shackle
   27  shall be protected or shielded from the use of a bolt cutter,
   28  and the rod or cable shall be anchored in a manner that prevents
   29  the removal of the firearm from the premises;
   30         (b)Store the firearm in a locked fireproof safe or vault
   31  in the licensee’s business premises; or
   32         (c)Store the firearm in a hardened, impact-resistant,
   33  locked cabinet.
   34         (2)A duly authorized agent or employee of the Department
   35  of Agriculture and Consumer Services may inspect in a lawful
   36  manner at all reasonable hours any business premises subject to
   37  the requirements of this section.
   38         (3)A violation of this section is a noncriminal violation,
   39  punishable as provided in s. 775.083.
   40         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2020.