Turns out it is legal for Floridians to fire guns on private property, regardless of whether there’s a school, church, park or home next door.
Here’s the bottom line: You could discharge that firearm anywhere in the state of Florida, no matter what it’s near, as long it was discharged on private property,” said Greg Kridos, chief of intake for the State Attorney’s Office. “It could literally be the backyard of a residence.”
The state law, on the books since the late 1980s, prohibits local governments from enacting gun and ammunition ordinances. That had widely been ignored for some time, and local governments made regulations. Palm Beach County outlawed guns in child care facilities and government buildings and made it illegal to fire a gun east of 20-Mile Bend, which would have addressed Lowe’s concerns.
But in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a measure that put teeth into the state restriction: Local officials could be fined, removed from office and responsible for their own legal bills they’re sued over local gun ordinances. So Palm Beach County repealed its laws.
This is great - however people need to be responsible and not discharge firearms such that someone may get hurt. The Pal Beach Post article talks about SHiela Lowe who was almost hurt when her horse spooked due to gunfire at a nearby nursery.
Turns out the owner had permitted target practice in a corner of his 80-acre nursery, just across the canal from Lowe.
Lowe called the sheriff’s office, but there was nothing deputies could do.
“It’s about the safety issue,” she said. “Own your gun, but don’t shoot your gun in my back yard. Don’t shoot where there’s people and animals that can get hurt.”
“If we’re riding back here (along the trails surrounding each lot), we’re in direct range of where they’re shooting into that pile of dirt.”
The shots were coming from Country Joe’s Nursery in the 6100 block of State Road 7. The pile of dirt or sand Lowe said was used to stop the bullets is across a canal, a few doors down from Lowe and about 100 feet from Michele Burns’ daughter’s property — and horses.
Burns said it had not been much of an issue before, because the target practice was occasional. Two weekends ago, however, she said “it just kept going.”
Thing is common sense cannot be legislated.