Discharging a Firearm in Public

Jacksonville Firearms Defense Attorney

Under Florida Statute Section 790.15, Discharging a Firearm in Public occurs when a person knowingly discharges a firearm:

  1. in a public place;
  2. over or on the right of way of a paved road, highway, or street, or occupied premises; or 
  3. over an occupied premises.  

In Jacksonville, Florida, Discharging a Firearm in Public is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the Duval County Jail.  However, if the occupant of a vehicle knowingly and willfully discharges the firearm within 1000 feet of another, it is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in Florida State Prison.

Florida law provides a defense to this crime.  In Jacksonville, Florida, a person can discharge a firearm in a public if he or she was acting in self-defense, defense or another person, or defending property.

Each Jacksonville Florida Firearm case is different.  To learn more about the crime of Discharging a Firearm in Public or any other Florida firearm offense, contact a Jacksonville Firearm Attorney.  A Jacksonville Firearm Lawyer will investigate your case and advise you further.  Contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers by email or by calling 904-685-1200.