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Florida H 1165 - Social Media


Florida H 1165

Minors Posting Firearms on Social Media

by Shev Jones (D)

LEAP Forward Position: Support

Explanation: Pending


Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida
Section 1.
Section 790.111, Florida Statutes, is created to read:

790.111 Minors posting firearms on social media.

(1) A minor who posts or publishes a picture of firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated gun, or device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(2)(a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, who knowingly and willfully permits the minor to possess a firearm in violation of this section may, if the court finds it appropriate, be required to participate in classes on parent education which are approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, upon the first conviction of the minor. Upon any subsequent conviction of the minor, the court may, if the court finds it appropriate, require the parent to attend further parent education classes or render community service hours together with the child.

(b) The Department of Juvenile Justice may establish appropriate community service programs to be available to the alternative sanctions coordinators of the circuit courts in implementing this subsection. If the department does not do so, then the juvenile justice circuit advisory board in each circuit must establish such program in that circuit. The boards or department shall propose the implementation of a community service program in each circuit, and may submit a circuit plan,

to be implemented upon approval of the circuit alternative sanctions coordinator.

(c) For the purposes of this subsection, community service shall be performed, if possible, in a manner involving a hospital emergency room or other medical environment that deals on a regular basis with trauma patients and gunshot wounds.

(3) Any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of in accordance with s. 790.08.

(4) This section does not reduce or limit any existing right to purchase and own firearms, nor apply to the exceptions provided in s. 790.22.