What is the crime of dealer selling arms to minors in Florida?

Child picking up weapon / assault rifle

The crime of Dealer Selling Arm to Minors is a Second Degree Felony that is punishable by 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

This offense occurs when a

  1. Person was engaged in the business of dealing in arms as source of revenue.
  2. During that business, the person sold a firearm to a minor.
  3. The minor was at the time under the age of 18 years.

A “firearm” means any weapon [including a starter gun] which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; [the frame or receiver of any such weapon;] [any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;] [any destructive device;] [any machine gun].

A “dealer in arms” is a person who buys and sells weapons or firearms.

Some defenses to dealer selling arms to minors in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, Shalimar and NW Florida are:

  • Person was not engaged in the business of dealing arms as source of revenue.     
  • Person did not sell to minor.  
  • Person did not furnish a weapon or firearm. 


Tamiami Gun Shop v. Klein: On contributory negligence.  

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