Guns can be a valuable tool for protecting one’s home and property.
But they can also be a liability.
That’s what’s behind the Florida law that has the Department of Law Enforcement issuing “free and clear” licenses to anyone who’s ready to legally buy a firearm.
The law is called the “Gun Owners Protection Act,” and it was signed into law in January.
Under the law, anyone 18 or older who has a valid Florida concealed handgun license and who’s willing to pay a $25 processing fee can buy a handgun at gun shows and online.
“We don’t want people who have not had a firearm training or firearm safety course, to be exposed to a dangerous weapon,” Florida State Attorney Dan O’Mara said.
A handgun purchase, if done correctly, is legal under the law.
If someone doesn’t have a license, though, they’ll need to pay to obtain one.
A gun buyback program is a legal option.
That means if a person doesn’t want to carry a gun, they can buy one legally and have it delivered to a private location.
There are several states that have similar programs, and they can be complicated and expensive to administer, but in Florida, gun buybacks are fairly easy to get.
The process is very straightforward.
An online form that’s required by the state is sent to a seller who agrees to deliver the firearm to a buyer in person or via mail.
The seller will receive a receipt for the firearm, which will be given to the buyer by a licensed gun dealer.
The gun buyer will then go to the seller’s property to take possession of the firearm.
The buyer has to bring along a current permit to the gun buy back site.
Once they do, they will be issued a valid concealed handgun permit.
Once the firearm has been purchased, it’s no longer a weapon, and it can’t be used to commit crimes, including homicide.
The permit is valid for five years and can be renewed every three years.
Anyone who wants to buy a weapon can do so through a licensed Florida gun store, a private seller, or online.
And the buyer is responsible for paying a $10 processing fee for the process.
As part of the purchase process, the buyer must provide a photo ID that’s not a state-issued photo identification card.
The purchaser also must be at least 21 years old, have a criminal record, and be at the gun show.
The state does not require background checks, but it’s required.
If a person fails to comply with the purchase requirement, the state will file a civil suit against them.
According to the state, the cost to the firearms buyer will be between $50 and $250.
The guns must be unloaded, must be stored in a locked container, and must have a safety lock.
The purchase fee is nonrefundable, and if a firearm isn’t sold within 10 days, the purchaser is responsible to pay the difference.
When a gun buy-back program goes live, there will be a small waitlist, so people who can’t make the waitlist can still take advantage of the program.
That includes people who already own a firearm, and those who have a history of domestic violence or domestic terrorism convictions.
People who buy a gun through the buyback site can’t transfer it to another person.
The firearm must be returned to the original seller within 10 business days of purchase.