Advertisement
  1. Florida Politics
  2. /
  3. The Buzz

New requirements considered for Florida’s concealed-weapon licenses

Fingerprint retention will close a “dangerous” loophole and "keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during the general assembly at the Florida Democratic State Convention Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during the general assembly at the Florida Democratic State Convention Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX | AP]
Published Nov. 29
Updated Nov. 29

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is backing a measure that would require her agency to retain fingerprints of applicants seeking concealed-weapon licenses.

Having a log of the fingerprints would allow her agency’s Concealed Weapon Licensing Program to “immediately access criminal history information on applicants who have committed crimes in other states,” Fried said in a news release Wednesday.

Under current law, “a dangerous loophole exists which could allow individuals who have committed felonies in other states to slip through the cracks,” Fried said in the statement. “Fingerprint retention will help solve this problem and keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them.”

The proposal (HB 809), filed by Democratic state Rep. Javier Fernandez of Miami, would shorten the concealed-weapon license renewal period from seven to five years, the maximum length for which the federal government will allow fingerprint retention, according to the release.

And the bill, filed for consideration during the legislative session which begins Jan. 14, also would require people who want to renew concealed weapon licenses to submit proof of having completed firearms training or a safety course.

The training would have to take place 6 months immediately before the expiration date of the license, and must be conducted by a state, county or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization “that promotes gun safety.”

Current law requires training prior to the issuance of a concealed weapons permit but not before a license is renewed.

The proposal would also reduce the renewal fee for concealed-weapon licenses from $45 to $40.

"These program enhancements will allow us to build on our accountability and public safety initiatives, while ensuring the program functions efficiently,” Fried, whose office oversees the state’s concealed-weapon program, said in the release.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis raises his hands after being asked about his relationship with two Ukrainian businessmen during an announcement at a Palm Harbor Walmart Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. DeSantis refused to answer questions about the two men. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
    During a news conference in Naples, DeSantis launched into a long-winded discussion of American history, which he said young people need to know better.
  2. Florida Senator Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, was the sponsor of a law that was to go into effect Friday that would have created new requirements for abortion doctors that could have limited the number of clinics. But the U.S. Supreme Court threw out similar Texas restrictions, raising doubt about the fate of Florida's new law. [Scott Keeler | Times]
    The bill would add a requirement that minors must also obtain a parent or guardian’s consent for an abortion, not just notify them.
  3. In this March 28, 2017, photo, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.,  leaves a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP]
    He is the second GOP congressman from Florida to announce he’s not running.
  4. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to the press on the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton during a town hall meeting at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Sunday July 29, 2018. McGlockton was shot and killed two weeks ago in what authorities have deemed a "stand your ground" shooting.
    Forward Florida spent $240,000 on legal expenses last month to respond to a federal grand jury subpoena.
  5. A police truck patrols Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa this summer.
    The Infrastructure and Security Committee backed a proposal (SPB 7016) that would create the Statewide Office of Resiliency within the executive branch.
  6. Florida's Baker Act was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a 65-year-old grandmother and a freshman Florida legislator from Miami-Dade County, seen here in a 1965 photo. [Associated Press]
    The law was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a legislator from Miami-Dade County who pushed for the rights of people with mental illness.
  7. Sarah Henderson with her son, Braden, who was committed under the Baker Act after a joking remark at school. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    A cop car comes. A child is handcuffed and taken to a mental health facility. The scene is all too frequent at public schools across the state.
  8. Three Armwood High School students testify before the Senate Education Committee on Dec. 9, 2019. Left to right are seniors Maria Medina, Haley Manigold and Madison Harvey. [Emily L. Mahoney | Times]
    “The people who are cynics about politics are also the ones who complain the most,” said one student, who said democracy requires participation.
  9. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island.
    The idea is part of Florida leaders’ pitch to address low teacher pay, though there is still disagreement over how to do so.
  10. AP file photo of then Gov. and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott
    DeSantis, Rick Scott and other Republicans have taken a strong stance on Saudi Arabia in recent days. President Donald Trump?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement