Florida Senate - 2016 SB 130 By Senator Richter 23-00167-16 2016130__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to discharging a firearm; amending s. 3 790.15, F.S.; prohibiting the recreational discharge 4 of a firearm in certain residential areas; providing 5 criminal penalties; providing exceptions; providing an 6 effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 790.15, 11 Florida Statutes, to read: 12 790.15 Discharging firearm in public or on residential 13 property.— 14 (4) Any person who recreationally discharges a firearm 15 outdoors, including for target shooting or celebratory shooting, 16 in an area that the person knows or reasonably should know is 17 primarily residential in nature and that has a residential 18 density of one or more dwelling units per acre, commits a 19 misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 20 775.082 or s. 775.083. This subsection does not apply: 21 (a) To a person lawfully defending life or property or 22 performing official duties requiring the discharge of a firearm; 23 or 24 (b) If, under the circumstances, the discharge does not 25 pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property. 26 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.