Petition to Remove Firearm Disability in Florida
If you were committed to a mental institution, the court might have signed an order that makes it illegal for you to possess a firearm or ammunition. That order is then reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) so that it can be included on your FCIC or NCIC. That notation might cause you to be arrested if you possess a firearm or try to purchase one. The notation also means you are not eligible to obtain or maintain a concealed weapons / firearm license.
A person with this kind of “firearm disability” may petition the court to have the firearm disability removed as provided in Fla. Stat. § 790.065(2)(a)(4)(d). The petition must be filed in the same division in which the order was entered and served on the state attorney of the county in which the person was adjudicated or committed.
The petitioner can choose whether the hearing is open or closed. Both the petitioner and the state attorney are permitted to present evidence. The state attorney may object. After the hearing, the court must make written findings.
For the firearm disability to be removed, the court must find that the petitioner will not be likely to act in a manner that is dangerous to public safety and that removing the firearm disability would not be contrary to the public interest.
If the court denies the petition, the person must wait one year from the date of the final order denying the removal of the firearm disability to petition the court again for such relief as provided in Section 790.065(2)(a)4.d., F.S. An order denying relief may be appealed to the District Court of Appeal.
Upon receipt of proper notice of relief from the firearm prohibition, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services must delete the mental health record from the automated database. Fla. Stat. § 790.065(2)(a)(4)(e). Thereafter, the person could obtain a concealed weapons permit.
Attorney for Petitions under Section 790.065(2)(a)4.d.
If you have a court-ordered firearm disability, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney about the best way to petition for relief.
At Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, we charge $2,500 to file and litigate the petition. In many cases, we recommend obtaining a “risk assessment” so that an expert can present a report confirming the statutory factors to make it more likely that the court will grant the petition.
Many of our clients do not find out about the disability until the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services notifies then that they are not eligibility for a concealed weapons or concealed firearms license or that their license is being revoked or suspended.
We can help you find the best way to obtain the risk assessment so that you have the best chance of getting the requested relief. We fight these cases at the courthouse in Hillsborough County, and all of the surrounding counties including Hernando County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, and Polk County, FL.
Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case.
Sample Petition to Remove a Court Imposed Firearm Disability
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _______ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR _________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
IN RE: __________________________
CASE #: ______________
PETITION FOR RELIEF FROM FIREARM DISABILITIES IMPOSED BY THE COURT
1. THIS MATTER is presented to the Court on _______________ (date) by Petitioner, ________________________, on a Petition for Relief from Firearms Disabilities Imposed by the Court on _______________________.
2. The Petitioner was ordered for:
- Ordered to Involuntarily Substance Abuse Assessment and Stabilization (s. 397.6818, F.S.) on ____________
- Ordered to Involuntary Substance Abuse Treatment (s. 397.6957, F.S.) on ____________________________
- Ordered to Involuntary Inpatient Placement (s. 394.467(6), F.S.) on _________________________________
- Ordered to Involuntary Outpatient Placement (394.4655, F.S.) on ___________________________________
- Found by Court to be of Imminent Danger but permitted by physician to transfer to voluntary status in lieu of
involuntary placement order above (s. 790.065, F.S.) on ___________________________________________
- Adjudicated incapacitated (s. 744.331, F.S.) or any similar law of any other state on _____________________
- Acquittal by reason of insanity (s. 916.15 F.S.) of a person charged with a criminal offense on ____________
- Judicial finding that a criminal defendant is not competent to stand trial (s. 916.12, F.S.) on ________________
3. The Petitioner will not be likely to act in a manner that is dangerous to public safety and that granting the relief would not be contrary to the public interest as follows: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Based upon these facts, THE FOLLOWING IS REQUESTED:
a. The firearms disability imposed dated _____________, be set aside and are no further in force and effect.
b. That pursuant to Florida Statute (790.065), the court shall grant the relief requested in the petition if the court finds, based on the evidence presented with respect to the petitioner’s reputation, the petitioner’s mental health record and, if applicable, criminal history record, the circumstances surrounding the firearm disability, and any other evidence in the record, that the petitioner will not be likely to act in a manner that is dangerous to public safety and that granting the relief would not be contrary to the public interest.
c. That pursuant to Florida Statute (790.065), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shall delete any mental health record of __________________________________ from the automated database of persons who are prohibited from purchasing a firearm based on court records.
5. Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing Petition for Relief from the Firearm Disabilities Imposed by the Court and that the facts stated in it are true.
Signature of Petitioner: _________________________
Printed Name of Petitioner: ________________________
Date of Birth: __________________________________
Mailing Address: ________________________________
Race: ______________ Gender: __________________ __________________________________
City State Zip
Social Security Number: _________________________
Name and Address of Attorney for Petitioner (if any):
This article was last updated on Thursday, September 5, 2019.