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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Possession of a Firearm Illegal

The following questions were developed to determine how the public felt about recent legislation (1997) that has made it illegal for an individual who has been convicted of domestic violence or is the subject of an injunction to possess a firearm (F.S. 790.233). Results represent a combination of respondents who either agreed/strongly agreed or disagreed/strongly disagreed with the statement.

Question 20
Recent legislation has made it illegal for an individual who has been convicted of domestic violence or is the subject of an injunction to possess a firearm. Do you agree or disagree with this legislation?

Possess a
Firearm

Respondents

Number

Percent

Agree

431

89.0%

Disagree

53

11.0%

Total

484

100.0%

*Cases Not Applicable=18

Overall, 9 of 10 (89.0%) of respondents are supportive of the legislation preventing domestic violence offenders from possessing a firearm. Women (92.9%) are more likely than men (79.4%) to agree with this legislation.

Question 21
Law enforcement officers and military personnel are exempt from the "possession of a firearm illegal" law. Do you agree that they should be exempt?

Exempt Law Enforcement
and Military Personnel

Respondents

Number

Percent

Agree

64

13.4%

Disagree

413

86.6%

Total

477

100.0%

*Cases Not Applicable=25

Overall, almost 9 of 10 Floridians believed that law enforcement officers and military personnel should not be exempt from the legislation making it illegal for an individual who has been convicted of domestic violence or is the subject of an injunction to possess a firearm.