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It is Illegal in Florida To Possess a Weapon on School Property

Florida laws have become much tougher on all illegal conduct involving weapons, particularly firearms. It is illegal for a person in Florida to possess any weapon, including a gun, taser, knife or other weapon on school grounds unless it is specifically authorized by the school. There are some exceptions to this rule. A person 18 years of age or older can have a gun or other weapon at school for a lawful purpose in his/her vehicle if the gun or other weapon is in his/her vehicle inside a secure case or otherwise not easily accessible for immediate use.

A violation of this law in Florida is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. And prosecutors and judges do take gun crimes seriously, particularly when schools are involved. Therefore, if you are ever in a position to take a gun or other weapon to school, make sure it is either for a school sponsored event and cleared by the school or locked away in a secure case in the vehicle. If the gun or weapon is possessed without authorization by the school or somewhere where it is not secured away, a felony arrest for unlawful possession of a weapon may result.