Frequently Asked Questions About Firearms In Port St. Lucie
Under the Second Amendment, every American has the right to possess firearms. However, while the law seems very straightforward, it is a bit more nuanced than that. It is important that everyone in Port St. Lucie, and throughout the rest of the state and country, knows what the law says so they can remain in compliance with it and avoid criminal charges. To better understand the law, below are some frequently asked questions about firearm law in the Sunshine State, and the answers to them.
Am I Required to Register and License My Firearm?
Floridian law on registering and licensing firearms is more relaxed than it is in many other states. Unless your firearm is included in the National Firearms Act, you do not have to license or register your weapon. However, you must be of proper age to own a firearm, and you cannot have a previous conviction on your record.
Can I Store a Firearm in My Vehicle?
Many people think that to carry a firearm in their vehicle, they have to first obtain a concealed weapon permit, but this is not the case. You do not need a permit to carry a firearm in your car, but you must ensure it is secured in a case and that you cannot access it easily for immediate use. Many other states require a two-step or three-step process in order to access your firearm in your vehicle, but that is not the case in Florida. Even just keeping the firearm in your glove compartment is often enough to satisfy the requirement of making sure you cannot immediately use it.
Can You Own a Firearm After a Conviction for a Federal Crime?
Unfortunately, if you have been convicted of a federal crime, the only way you can own a firearm again is by pursuing a Presidential pardon.
Can I Own a Firearm After a Conviction for a State Crime?
If you have a previous conviction for a state crime on your record, you have two options for restoring your right to own a firearm. The most common of these is to petition the court to restore your right to possess, own, and use firearms. You must wait eight years after serving your sentence to file the petition, and you must have also completed any other terms related to your conviction, such as paying fines. If you do not choose this option, you can also seek executive clemency from the government.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Port St. Lucie Can Advise on Your Case
If you have been convicted of a crime, or want to own a firearm in Florida, you likely have a lot of questions. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our seasoned Port St. Lucie criminal defense lawyers can answer any question you have and if necessary, build a solid defense for your criminal charges or to restore your rights. Call us today at 772-905-8692 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.