Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership, 7th Edition
Florida attorney Jon Gutmacher has recently released a revised and expanded edition of his book, Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership. This is the 7th edition of the book, which covers just about every imaginable topic pertaining to firearms in Florida.
I'd like to start off this review by noting that I am in no way affiliated with Mr. Gutmacher and have no relationship with him beyond reading his books and having met him at a gun show a while back. I have not received any consideration for this review, and I purchased the book at retail price.
Mr. Gutmacher is an attorney based in Orlando, Florida with thirty plus years of litigation experience. He is also an NRA certified instructor, CWFL holder and 2nd Amendment advocate.
The book consists of 350 pages organized into 12 chapters covering everything from the State and Federal constitutional right to keep and bear arms (including McDonald), through buying and selling firearms, storage, access by minor children and of course using a firearm in self defense. The final chapter includes common self-defense scenarios including someone breaking into your vehicle outside your home, breaking into your home, etc.
In each chapter, the author breaks down the state and federal laws that govern a given situation, and summarizes relevant cases in clear language. Best of all, where the law is unclear, the author says so and provides his best educated opinion on the issue.
The book covers concealed carry (and the very limited open carry permitted in Florida) and discusses where you can and cannot carry in detail. The book thoroughly covers the use of force in defense of yourself and others, including the Florida "Castle Doctrine" and "Stand Your Ground" provisions including the case law that is constantly shaping these laws to this very day.
Also covered are pitfalls in the law where a person can find themselves in a world of hurt arising from the improper use (or display) of a firearm. Florida's mandatory sentences for gun crimes cut both ways - an otherwise law abiding citizen who makes an error in judgment can find themselves facing mandatory prison time. The author breaks these down and explains how to avoid these situations. For example, he makes a solid case why firing a warning shot in Florida is a very, very bad idea. As in 20 years in prison bad idea.
I'd strongly encourage anyone who owns a firearm in Florida, or carries one here from another state, to buy and read this book. The jail term you save might be your own.
You can purchase the book through a number of sources, including the author's website ( http://www.floridafirearmslaw.com ). He also publishes book updates on his site, as well as a blog where he provides detailed analysis of various legal issues pertaining to self defense.