CNN Pumping Out Fake News on Florida Gun Laws

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, CNN sent out the following Tweets from their verified account . . .

Really CNN? Really? In Florida we don’t need a conceal weapons permit to conceal carry any long guns?

As a resident of the Sunshine State and a member of the Law Enforcement Community, I can assure you that this is what’s called fake news.

Florida State Statue Chapter 790 covers our firearm related laws.

1) “Antique firearm” means any firearm manufactured in or before 1918 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar early type of ignition system) or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1918, and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1918, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

(2) “Concealed firearm” means any firearm, as defined in subsection (6), which is carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the firearm from the ordinary sight of another person.

(3)(a) “Concealed weapon” means any dirk, metallic knuckles, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of another person.

(6) “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; or any machine gun. The term “firearm” does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime.

(9) “Machine gun” means any firearm, as defined herein, which shoots, or is designed to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manually reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

  • 790.01 Unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or concealed firearms. —

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

  • 790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm. —

(1) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is authorized to issue licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms to persons qualified as provided in this section. Each such license must bear a color photograph of the licensee. For the purposes of this section, concealed weapons or concealed firearms are defined as a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, but the term does not include a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001(9). Such licenses shall be valid throughout the state for a period of 7 years from the date of issuance. Any person in compliance with the terms of such license may carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm notwithstanding the provisions of s. 790.01.

Hey CNN, I cannot as a Floridian carry a rifle or shotgun concealed without a concealed weapons permit.  There is a reason it is called a CONCEALED WEAPON OR FIREARM LICENSE.

It applies to all the firearms we can legally own except for antiques and even then if used in the commission of a crime you still violate the law. I can’t carry my AR-15 or Remington 870 concealed without a permit, period.

And just to clarify any other misconceptions CNN might have.

(17) “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

  • 790.053 Open carrying of weapons. —

(1) Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device. It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.

(2) A person may openly carry, for purposes of lawful self-defense:

(a) A self-defense chemical spray.

(b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

(3) Any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

I can’t open carry any firearm unless I am actually doing one of the very few defined activities that Florida allows me to do to open carry. I can’t even have a gun in the car that is within reach unless I have a permit.

As for CNN’s other lies . . .

Florida does not require a permit or license to own or purchase a firearm. But Florida does require a mandatory background check that goes through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Firearm Purchase Program for every gun purchased from a gun store in the state.

Also Federal law and the ATF dictates through the Gun Control Act of 1986 that all federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to “report multiple sales or other dispositions of handguns to the same purchaser & the sale or disposition of two or more handguns must be reported if they occur at the same time, or within five consecutive business days of each other.”

So that is the reason why Florida has no law on multiple purchases because the Federal Government already dictates to every gun shop in Florida that multiple purchases must be reported to law enforcement.

Straight from FDLE themselves;

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Firearm Purchase Program began operations in 1991, as authorized by F.S. 790.065, which was enacted in 1989 and amended in 1990 by the Florida Legislature. F.S. 790.065 furthered the purposes of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 (Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 921-929), with respect to regulating the sale and delivery of firearms by licensed firearm dealers to persons who are not licensed firearm dealers.

On November 30, 1993, The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Title 18 U.S.C. Section 922(t), was passed by Congress. The interim version of this law became effective February 28, 1994, with the permanent version taking effect on November 30, 1998. The Brady Act requires all federal firearm licensees to conduct criminal background checks before selling or transferring a firearm to a non-licensed individual. In Florida, the FDLE Firearm Purchase Program implements the Brady Act at the state level.

It runs every purchase through the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). It is actually more rigorous than the FBI’s National instant Criminal background Check System (NICS).

On top of all that, Florida law and state constitution requires a mandatory 3 day waiting period that each county can augment by 5 days.

Article I Section 8. Right to bear arms —

(b) There shall be a mandatory period of three days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and delivery at retail of any handgun. For the purposes of this section, “purchase” means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration to the retailer, and “handgun” means a firearm capable of being carried and used by one hand, such as a pistol or revolver. Holders of a concealed weapon permit as prescribed in Florida law shall not be subject to the provisions of this paragraph.

Article VIII Section 5. Local option —

(b) Each county shall have the authority to require a criminal history records check and a 3 to 5-day waiting period, excluding weekends and legal holidays, in connection with the sale of any firearm occurring within such county. For purposes of this subsection, the term “sale” means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration for any firearm when any part of the transaction is conducted on property to which the public has the right of access. Holders of a concealed weapons permit as prescribed by general law shall not be subject to the provisions of this subsection when purchasing a firearm.

Broward County has a 5 day waiting period for all gun purchases per county ordinance § 18-96. Waiting period; prohibition and Cruz was under the age of 21. Which meant he couldn’t qualify for a Concealed Carry Permit and skip the waiting period. So he actually had to wait the 5 days to acquire his rifle.

Additionally, 790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm covers the full gamut of what requirements are needed to get a Concealed Carry Permit and I need to summarize it because the list is too long for this article. But suffice to say, being 21 or older, going to a certified training course, not being a felon, and not having mental issues are a few of the things that one would need to get a permit.

So that means that the gun store that sold the rifle Nikolas Cruz followed every law on the books.

But once again, CNN is attempting to make gold out of straw. Because it has been proven time and time again that the systems that the gun grabbers push aren’t as fool proof as they claim like the case of when the United States Air Force failed to enter the killer’s information into NCIC/NCIS system or when the FBI admitted that they were warned of Nikolas and did nothing.

Hey CNN, if you’re going to produce Grade A manure. How about you sell it next to all the other fertilizer sold in the Home & Garden sections instead of claiming it is factual news.


  1. avatar A Brit in TX says:

    I’m more surprised now when CNN actually states something truthful than their usual propaganda. They’re up to their necks in leftist dogma and are doubling down to try to make themselves relevant.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      Let’s just be very honest here, they’re just mad Americans have the civil right to keep and bear arms.

  2. avatar rc says:

    I guess their problem with ‘facts’ and spouting lefty agit-prop are starting to show in their ratings as well:

    1. avatar Quasimofo says:

      Not surprising, IMO. I find CNN’s primetime “news entertainment” has gotten repetitively dull and tiresome. I’m no Trump fan, but their 24/7 Trump hate fest has gotten exhausting. How many times can you have smug anchors and smug guests come on and push an agenda while chattering over and over about the latest dumb tweet, bimbo eruption, or whatever before it gets boring as hell. Your girl lost over a year ago, to the guy she wanted to run against no less, because she stunk out loud. Get over it already. There’s other real news going on out there.

  3. avatar Mark N. says:

    In California you can’t get a license or permit to “conceal carry” a rifle or shotgun because, by definition, these are not concealable weapons.

  4. avatar Mark N. says:

    If I had a twitter account, I would reply, “CNN, I love it when you lie to us. Keep up the good work.”

  5. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Facts for Leftist’s are a difficult proposition,most especially the propaganda wing of the Commiecrat party the Commiecrat News Network aka Clinton News Network.

    I have facts for them however,in Vermont a citizen doesn’t,need permission of any kind to add a or any amount of firearms to ones collection and certainly not to conceal or not as to ones choice of carry.

    1. avatar Arthur says:

      And the brain diseased, liberals,” are doing everything in their power, including marching children in front of the legislature, crying about what they were coached to say, “we’re afraid to go to school,” to TAKE our Rights from us. All the while Blumberg is funding one crazy after another to get into office and undermine the American and the Vermont Constitutions.

  6. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    William Randolph Hearst has been reborn in the form of the executives in the mainstream media like CNN and MSNBC.

    Hearst only wanted to sell newspapers. It didn’t matter if his papers printed the truth. In fact it was better that an outrageous lie or lies were used to sell even more papers.

    In todays world its clicks on web sites and TV ratings that CNN and others only care about. They are not interested in fact checking.
    That would hurt ratings.

  7. avatar Alex Waits says:

    They don’t care. At all. 😕

  8. avatar Uh-hu says:

    What is this line I keep hearing the left spout. ” “X” state doesn’t have/require firearm Registration” They’re pushing that registration crap pretty hard. Like registration even matters. The FBI knew about the guy, he passed a BG check what the hell would registration have done? NOT A DAMN THING! EXCEPT TO MAKE CONFISCATION VERY EASY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT/GOVERNMENT.
    From LAW ABIDING PEOPLE al la N.O. after Katrina/ korean’s during LA riots

  9. avatar No one of consequence says:

    “this is what’s called fake news.”

    No, this is called lying to the public.

  10. avatar Macofjack says:

    CNN = FAKE NEWS and lying is just part of it!

  11. avatar Baldwin says:

    Not saying CNN didn’t “deliberately” misinform the viewers, but, I dare ANYONE to clearly decipher, understand and apply the bucket of worms that passes for firearm laws, rules, and regulations in this country.

    1. avatar TexTed says:

      Would be pretty easy, after National Reciprocity gets passed, but before then? It’s a rat’s nest of laws and loopholes and legalities that makes you just want to leave your gun at home.

      Which is probably exactly why they do it that way.

  12. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Why does CNN have to tweet? Don’t they have their own cable channel?

    And they have their own web site too. I don’t think they give one of those to just anybody.

    1. avatar rc says:

      Apparently, nobody is watching their channel.

  13. avatar Chris says:

    From the people who brought you the chainsaw bayonet.

    1. avatar Stereodude says:

      Just imagine how much worse things could have been if the AR had one. A black hole might have even opened sucking the school in like it did with Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

      GWV 1027 4 life!!!

  14. avatar Kyle says:

    CNN and “accuracy” parted company long ago.

  15. avatar Docduracoat says:

    It is true that Florida is gun friendly
    No permit or license is needed to buy as many guns as you want
    I had no idea they reported multiple purchases, but they cannot stop you from buying all you want
    Concealed carry permits are shall issue
    If you have the concealed permit, no waiting period
    Full auto and silencers are o k as long as you follow Federal NFA laws
    You can have your own shooting range as long as you have an acre of land
    Local officials cannot use noise or zoning ordinances to stop your private range
    All in all, we are indeed the Gunshine state

  16. avatar don says:

    If I were a billionaire and could buy CNN, the first thing I would do would be fire everyone and liquidate all the assets. But, when there is a void something else fills it that could be even worse.

  17. avatar Aaron M. Walker says:

    …I’m a bit puzzled…Didn’t the author just throw lawful carry of Mace, Pepper Spray, and other non-lethal tools carried in a pocket or purse into a class as the same a CCW pistol! ?!” Or as well the constitutional protection of common “tools” such as pocket knives, and folding Pocket Tools…Or are even pocket tools. would NOT only be construed as weapons but as burglary tools…? You know we all keep riding this slippery slope of zero freedom on both sides of the seesaw of ” creeping incrementalism…”

  18. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    This provides an excellent opportunity to lay down a marker for the anti’s who want a “dialog on guns:”

    We’ll have a dialog on guns when you:

    1) quit making stuff up,
    2) actually know the laws involved.

    Until that time, debating gun laws/rights/etc with these people is like debating quantum mechanics with a caveman: It will require a lifetime of education to be pumped into the caveman before he’ll be able to say his first intelligent thing about quantum mechanics.

    1. avatar David Atherton says:

      So true

  19. avatar Chadwick says:

    Fake news!

  20. avatar Ldb says:

    CNN is not news. It’s turned into a left wing entertainment channel. Entertainers are not concerned with facts or ethics, only ratings

    1. avatar Stereodude says:

      It’s now performance art where they see just how outraged they can pretend to be at Trump, Republicans, and conservatives.

  21. avatar Wally1 says:

    There is a reason most Law Enforcement Officers refer to CNN as the “Communist News Network”, used to laugh about CNN for “not letting facts get in the way of a good story”. If CNN tells you it’s raining and you are wet, they are probably still lying.

  22. avatar DAVE F says:

    Simple answer to CNN problem:” STOP WATCHING CNN”! When no one watches, CNN will have no sponsors ( money backers ) and will just go away. Simple solution so now folks it is up to you.

  23. avatar Steve says:

    I thought CNN stood for the Clinton News Network… now the Communist News Network. What a joke!

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      It always stood for Communist/Commiecrat news network because that what the Clintons are.

      Much as ABC is American Broadcast Communists,CBS Communist Broadcast System,NBC National Broadcast Communists.

  24. avatar Dale Gribble says:

    The terd that is CNN should have been flushed long ago.

  25. Cnn , Joseph Goebbels would be proud of you.

  26. avatar Mike says:

    What concerns me is not that they publish this Grade A manure, but that so many people
    swallow it without stopping to consider whether CNN (or any other media) actually did their homework before doing so.

  27. avatar RustyTheBoyRobot says:

    They make a big deal out of the fact that you can purchase lots of guns at one time in Florida, but last I checked, the murderer in this case just used a single rifle.

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