Florida Senate - 2021 SB 966 By Senator Torres 15-00999-21 2021966__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the safe storage of firearms; 3 creating s. 790.0656, F.S.; providing firearm storage 4 requirements for licensed importers, licensed 5 manufacturers, and licensed dealers under certain 6 circumstances; authorizing agents or employees of the 7 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to 8 perform inspections under certain circumstances; 9 providing noncriminal penalties; providing an 10 effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 790.0656, Florida Statutes, is created 15 to read: 16 790.0656 Safe storage of firearms by licensed importers, 17 manufacturers, and dealers.— 18 (1) A licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed 19 dealer who stores or leaves on business premises under its 20 control a firearm shall, when the premises are not open for 21 business, secure each firearm on the premises using one of the 22 following methods: 23 (a) Secure the firearm with a hardened steel rod or cable 24 of at least 1/8 inch in diameter through the trigger guard of 25 the firearm. The steel rod or cable shall be secured with a 26 hardened steel lock that has a shackle. The lock and shackle 27 shall be protected or shielded from the use of a bolt cutter, 28 and the rod or cable shall be anchored in a manner that prevents 29 the removal of the firearm from the premises; 30 (b) Store the firearm in a locked fireproof safe or vault 31 on the licensee’s business premises; or 32 (c) Store the firearm in a hardened, impact-resistant, 33 locked cabinet. 34 (2) A duly authorized agent or employee of the Department 35 of Agriculture and Consumer Services may inspect in a lawful 36 manner at all reasonable hours any business premises subject to 37 the requirements of this section. 38 (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal violation, 39 punishable as provided in s. 775.083. 40 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.