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Florida Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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A summary of Florida laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.

It is unlawful in Florida to carry a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on one's person without a license, except in one's own home or place of business.

The law allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons in their places of business includes workplaces where others employ the individuals. The employer's permission is not needed to carry the weapon in the workplace

A person is prohibited from exhibiting a weapon in a threatening manner, and not in self-defense, on school property or within 1,000 feet of a school, unless a person is on private property within a school zone and is authorized to be on the private property by the private property's owner.

A concealed weapon may not be carried within the premises of a pharmacy, unless the person is employed by the pharmacy and is authorized to carry the weapon by the owner or licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon.

A person may not use a firearm or have a loaded firearm in his or her hand while under the influence of alcoholic beverage, chemical substance or controlled substance, unless lawfully defending one's self or one's property. These restrictions apply even if a person has a license for the concealed weapon.

In Florida, a person is justified in the use of force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that the conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other's trespass on, or other criminal interference with, either real property other than a dwelling or personal property, lawfully in his or her possession or in the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household, or of a person whose property he or she has a legal duty to protect.

A person is justified in the use of deadly force only if he or she reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.

A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be.

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