If you were planning to shoot your gun in your backyard, you might want to hold off because now it’s a misdemeanor charge.
A new Florida law signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott makes it illegal to shoot a gun on your property in a residential area, NBC2 reports.
The law doesn’t ban shooting on personal property altogether — just in residential areas. That’s defined as an area with more than one house per acre.
The law does have exceptions, such as if your gun goes off accidentally, that won’t be considered a crime as long as you can prove it was an accident. You are still allowed to use a gun to protect yourself or property, even if you live in a crowded neighborhood.
The bill (SB 1030) was sponsored by Naples Republican Sen. Garret Richter.
Gov. Scott signed the following eight bills into law on Wednesday:
- Identification cards and driver licenses (SB 158) – This bill allows a Floridian with a lifetime fishing, hunting, or boating license to have a symbol displaying that lifetime status added to their driver’s license or identification card.
- Trade secrets (SB 180) – This bill expands the definition of “trade secret” to include certain financial information.
- Public records and meetings (SB 182) – This bill exempts certain financial information that is a trade secret from public records requirements.
- Mandatory minimum sentences (SB 228) – This bill removes aggravated assault from the list of offenses included in the “10-20-Life” sentencing law.
- Florida Statutes (SB 1030) – This bill adopts the 2016 Florida Statutes and makes them law.
- Florida Statutes (SB 1032) – This bill deletes provisions that grant redundant or unused rulemaking authority in the Florida Statutes.
- Florida Statutes (SB 1038) – This bill deletes and repeals provisions in the Florida Statutes that have expired or become obsolete.
- Florida Statutes (SB 1040) – This bill deletes provisions of the Florida Statutes that have passed their repeal date.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer in Naples for more information.