Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1238
       By Senator Mayfield
       17-01433A-19                                          20191238__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the safety of religious
    3         institutions; amending s. 790.06, F.S.; authorizing a
    4         church, a synagogue, or other religious institution to
    5         allow a concealed weapons or concealed firearms
    6         licensee to carry a firearm on the property of that
    7         church, synagogue, or other religious institution for
    8         certain purposes; authorizing a private school or a
    9         religious school to designate a person to carry a
   10         firearm on that school’s property; requiring the
   11         governing board or body of such school to create
   12         certain policies and procedures if it designates such
   13         person; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Subsection (12) of section 790.06, Florida
   18  Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.—
   20         (12)(a) A license issued under this section does not
   21  authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a
   22  concealed weapon or firearm into:
   23         1. Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;
   24         2. Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
   25         3. Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
   26         4. Any courthouse;
   27         5. Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would
   28  preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining
   29  who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her courtroom;
   30         6. Any polling place;
   31         7. Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public
   32  school district, municipality, or special district;
   33         8. Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;
   34         9. Any school, college, or professional athletic event not
   35  related to firearms;
   36         10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or
   37  administration building;
   38         11. Any career center;
   39         12. Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense
   40  alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which
   41  portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such
   42  purpose;
   43         13. Any college or university facility unless the licensee
   44  is a registered student, employee, or faculty member of such
   45  college or university and the weapon is a stun gun or nonlethal
   46  electric weapon or device designed solely for defensive purposes
   47  and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile;
   48         14. The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area
   49  of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from
   50  carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is
   51  encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as
   52  baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft; or
   53         15. Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited
   54  by federal law.
   55         (b) A person licensed under this section may shall not be
   56  prohibited from carrying or storing a firearm in a vehicle for
   57  lawful purposes.
   58         (c)Notwithstanding any other law, for the purposes of
   59  safety, security, personal protection, or other lawful purposes:
   60         1. A church, a synagogue, or any other religious
   61  institution may authorize a person licensed under this section
   62  to carry a firearm on property owned, rented, leased, borrowed,
   63  or otherwise lawfully used by the church, synagogue, or other
   64  religious institution.
   65         2. A private school or a religious school may designate a
   66  person to carry a firearm on the property of that school. If a
   67  private school or a religious school chooses to designate a
   68  person, the governing board or body of that school must create
   69  policies and procedures the designee must meet.
   70         (d)(c) This section does not modify the terms or conditions
   71  of s. 790.251(7).
   72         (e)(d) Any person who knowingly and willfully violates any
   73  provision of this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second
   74  degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
   75         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.