Legislature boots standards for storing guns in cars, boats

An analysis of FBI crime data found that a gun is stolen from a vehicle every 15 minutes.

Several Democratic lawmakers from South and Central Florida took a shot at passing legislation to improve storage standards for guns in cars and on boats.

Every measure died without a hearing.

One proposal (SB 1250, HB 1087) by Boynton Beach Sen. Lori Berman, Boynton Beach Rep. Joe Casello and Coral Springs Rep. Dan Daley would have required guns left in unoccupied vehicles and vessels to be kept out of plain sight and in the trunk or a “securely affixed,” locked container.

No such law exists in state statutes today, Daley and Casello said. However, Florida law does require similar gun storage at home.

Violators would have faced a second-degree misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines — the same as exists for at-home storage now.

Another measure (HB 419) by Rep. Yvonne Hinson included the same storage strictures, but would not have imposed a criminal penalty for noncompliance. Further, the bill called for each law enforcement agency in the state to conduct a public education program to inform Floridians of the change.

SB 1250 and HB 1087 had support from the Florida chapter of national gun safety group Moms Demand Action, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.

According to an Everytown analysis of FBI crime data, a gun is stolen from a vehicle every 15 minutes. And unsecured, visible firearms make better targets.

Last March, The New York Times reported that gun thefts from cars had reached an all-time high.

In a statement ahead of Session, Casello called his bill a “practical step” toward better personal responsibility.

“It’s about … balancing personal rights with community safety,” he said.

Katie Hathaway, a Moms Demand Action volunteer, said policymakers and local leaders have a responsibility to build public awareness and implement better preventative laws.

“When guns aren’t properly stored, tragedy can strike — whether it’s a child finding a firearm and injuring or killing themselves, or someone stealing it and using it to commit a crime,” she said. “Secure guns in cars can prevent both.”

Boca Raton Sen. Tina Polsky and Parkland Rep. Christine Hunschofsky also carried bills to require guns at home that a prohibited user or minor could “reasonably” access must be kept in a locked container or with a trigger lock when not in the owner’s immediate possession.

Another measure Polsky proffered would have created a new penalty for minors whose negligence enables other minors to access firearms.

The GOP-controlled Legislature ignored them as well.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 12, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Good evening America,
    Our Democratic Leadership in DC along with many lesser Democratic elected officials always try to inch in …. little by little to regulate our guns with the ultimate goal of disarming the American Citizens.
    With trannys in charge of the military like we have under 8iden an armed citizenary is the only thing keeping the Chinks and Ruskies at bay.
    Heck the citizens will end up protecting the sissified military if we are invaded tomorrow.
    No to gun laws.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • JD

      March 13, 2024 at 7:22 am

      Come on Shitts, you are still slacking in your task. All the while commenting on gun storage. Get that stored device and let all that sage wisdom out. Make the world a better place.

    • A.T.

      March 13, 2024 at 10:31 am

      You are one complete person. A complete idiot!!

      • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

        March 13, 2024 at 12:31 pm

        Thank you, A. T. for your Chastizement of JD above. He’s actually working for me and tasked with following up my comments of Sage Wisdom with Wackey Leftest Nonsensical Blather cleaverly designed to make me appear even more wise and sage to the public.
        So dont go too hard on JD as he’s a newby still in training.
        Thanks A. T. you’re the best,
        Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      March 13, 2024 at 6:55 pm


    • DScott

      March 13, 2024 at 7:36 pm

      Are you a Russian boy or just an American traitor. We have the best military in the world!

  • Josh Green

    March 12, 2024 at 10:42 pm

    If you’re going to keep a gun in your car, at least also put up a bunch of bumper stickers like “Come and Take It!” that make you feel like a tough guy, but only advertise to thieves that there’s a gun in there to steal.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      March 13, 2024 at 6:36 am

      There there now Josh,
      Where did you pull that Lame Dook 4 Brains Lefty reply from? ….. your 8utt?
      Have an Earl Pitts American Day Josh … Oh wait you were “Just Joshing” Ha Ha Ha ….. you are forgiven “Funny Guy Josh”.
      Earl Pitts American

      • Josh Green

        March 13, 2024 at 10:33 am

        Great question Earl! My brother in law had a handgun stolen from his car, that was used in a crime and the gun traced back to him. Guess who got arrested for it? Guess who had to go to court? Guess who’s life got turned upside down for over year?
        Here’s a clue: It wasn’t the guy who actually stole the gun.

        • rick whitaker

          March 13, 2024 at 6:49 pm

          josh green, you stretched old sphincter man earl bad with yor post. earl is such a creep

      • A.T.

        March 13, 2024 at 10:33 am

        At least your name is correct… PITS.

  • Whites Hate POC

    March 13, 2024 at 2:18 am

    If you never have a gun, you will never need a gun.

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      March 13, 2024 at 6:31 am

      Good morn ‘Ting Sage Patriots,
      Bare whitness, America, to the total “Dook 4 Brains Leftist” Lame@ss 2 replys above to the srperior Sage Wisdom of America’s Premeir Political Prognasticator which is ME – The Beloved Earl Pitts “All Wise All Sage All Knowing” American.
      Thank you Sage Patriots,
      Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      March 13, 2024 at 6:53 pm

      whites hate poc, i agree, i have went for 71 years wih no gun. i have had to defend myself over the years, but a gun was not needed. guns are for cavemen.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 13, 2024 at 6:37 am


  • Bobby

    March 13, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Democraps are the sewer of political discourse.

    • Kevin McBride

      March 13, 2024 at 10:35 am

      Bobby, the Cult Leader of the GOP is Donald F*cking Trump.
      And you think the Dems are the sewer of political discourse? 😂

    • Silly Wabbit

      March 13, 2024 at 1:47 pm

      You poop.

  • A.T.

    March 13, 2024 at 10:37 am

    This is some very ignorant stuff. Sadly, there are people who actually believe this crap.

  • Silly Wabbit

    March 13, 2024 at 1:46 pm

    You poop.

    • S. Wabbit

      March 13, 2024 at 1:48 pm

      Bobby, you.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 13, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    Trump and his MAGA followers turned a blind eye to the illegal trafficking of firearms to Mexico, Central America, and Haiti. The result has been to increase the desperation of many citizens — especially Haiti — who end up seeking asylum in the US.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 13, 2024 at 4:14 pm

      Gun exports across the southern border are precisely the reason the G0P got called out by Biden for their Big Border Bluff.

      Biden and DEMs said “Okay you win. Let’s shut it down. Let’s end the border issue. Here’s a bill with everything you ever said you wanted for the border, while DEMs get nuthin’.”

      And G0P’s refused. They declined to get everything they ever said they wanted. Because they lie.

      G0Ps want the border left wide open. It allows for cheap labor to come in and to work under conditions of abuse, including sexual, that will never be reported due to fear of deportation.

      The open border also keeps the NRA folks happy as guns and ammo manufacturing and sales continue unabated and the guns and ammo are exported (smuggled) out the USA, southbound, where they leverage discord and conflict to keep the flow of cheap, fearful laborers coming to USA.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 13, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    When guns are outlawed, only outlaws won’t be able to steal more guns from more law abiding but ignorant-to-negligent gun owners.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 13, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks again Josh,
    I, Earl Pitts American, hope your Bro-In-Law learned a Sage Lesson and has started carrying concealed. “Let Me Run To My Truck, Get My Roscoe, And “BLAST YA” is Not A Sage Stratigy.
    There are many small 380’s out there that will slip totally un-noticed into his shorts pocket which he can “Whip Out” in the blink of an eye to “Blast” his way out of a bad situation and save his life.
    Dont worry about “The Stopping Power Myth”, sure its not a 45. 40, or even a 9.
    BUT many come with a 12 round mag and The Stopping Power only applies to all the “One & Done” boys out there.
    With one in the Chamber, Josh, your Bro-In-Law’s got 13 rounds of 380 hollow points flying out of the barrel at one per second … now thats some Stopping Power My Man. 12 more if he’s got another loaded clip in his pocket.
    Thanks Sage Patriot Josh,
    Earl Pitts “Sage Firearm Expert” American

    • rick whitaker

      March 13, 2024 at 7:33 pm

      earl, one very small caliber 22 short to the back of a head while they sleep, are you saying you’re tougher than that, what a fool you are. i do realize that most of what you say is just bullshit and done for some weird reason that only you are aware of, but man, you are one stupid fearful person. i don’t pity you.

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