• Florida bill wants to ban children from posting guns on social media

    By: Christy Turner , Action News Jax

    Updated:

    A new Florida bill would make it illegal for children to post pictures of guns on social media.

    Under HB 1165, BB guns, air or gas-operated guns, or replicas would be included. 

    STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories 

    The bill targets children posing in a “rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner.”

    It said the firearm used in the picture could be seized by law enforcement. 

    The proposal was filed by Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat of Broward County. 

    The lawmakers backing the bill said it would not make it illegal for minors to post or pose for pictures on social media who are hunting with an adult. 

    Parents could be held responsible if their child is caught. 

    Under the proposal, parents may be required to take a parenting education class or do community service with their child. 

    The lawmakers want the children to complete community service in hospitals that treat trauma patients and gunshot victims. 

    If passed, the bill would go into effect July 1. 


    TRENDING: 


    STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories

    Download WJAX Apps

    Next Up: