@Robb Allen did knowingly and wantonly shoot a 10mm Glock handgun inside a building during the course of giving a TV interview. The felonious activity took place at a local “indoor shooting range” where others are known to gather and commit similar second degree felony acts in clear violation of 790.19 F.S.
Whoever, wantonly or maliciously, shoots at, within, or into, or throws any missile or hurls or projects a stone or other hard substance which would produce death or great bodily harm, at, within, or in any public or private building, occupied or unoccupied, or public or private bus or any train, locomotive, railway car, caboose, cable railway car, street railway car, monorail car, or vehicle of any kind which is being used or occupied by any person, or any boat, vessel, ship, or barge lying in or plying the waters of this state, or aircraft flying through the airspace of this state shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
If you have ever shot at an indoor range in Florida you are guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years and a $10,000 fine. Oh but wait, since you discharged a firearm in the commission of this felony, you get an automatic 20 years additional in jail. Sorry Robb, see you in 35 years.
While this is what the law says it is clearly not the intent of the legislature and I’m sure nobody will be prosecuted for shooting at the local indoor shooting range.
This is why legislative intent is an important concept. There are many loopholes in laws throughout the country that put us at the mercy of judges, prosecutors and the police using some common sense discretion. Think about that when you find a loophole in the law that may let you do something that the legislature intended to regulate or prohibit. Discretion can be a two-way street, best not to rub the legislatures nose in “*it” while trying to get them to vote your way.
Don’t worry Robb. We’re putting this on the Florida Carry legislative agenda.