A Word on Firearms
It is unlawful for any licensed dealer, manufacturer, or importer willfully and intentionally to request criminal history record information under false pretenses, or willfully and intentionally to disseminate criminal history record information to any person other than the subject of such information. Any person convicted of a violation of this prohibition commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided by statute. Moreover, any licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer or any employee or agency thereof who violates the above provisions commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided by statute. Any person who knowingly acquires a firearm through purchase or transfer intended for the use of a person who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided by statute.
There is a mandatory three-day waiting period, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and the delivery at retail of any handgun. It is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided by statute (1) for any retailer, or any employee or agent of a retailer, to deliver a handgun before the expiration of the three-day waiting period and (2) for a purchaser to obtain delivery of a handgun by fraud, false pretense, or false representation.
Caution: The three-day waiting period does not apply (1) when a handgun is being purchased by a holder of a concealed weapons permit and (2) to a trade-in of another handgun.
Florida personal injury attorneys argue that an action for three-fold damages may be brought by a person who has been injured due to certain specified prohibited conduct involving a pattern of “criminal activity,” which is defined to include a crime chargeable by indictment or information under the statutory provisions relating to weapons and firearms.
He or she is also entitled to minimum damages in the amount of $200, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs in the trial and appellate courts, but not punitive damages.