Orlando, FL asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida

Q: Is it illegal for my friend to let me use and try his gun at a gun range? I have never fired a gun before, No license.

I used his .22 revolver in the state of Florida at a range. I used another revolver .38 that he rented with his money at the range, and I used a stranger's Glock 9mm handgun as well at the range. I shot at targets and learned how to load and reload them, nothing else. Is it illegal for my friend to let me use the gun he owns (the .22 revolver) and gun he rented at the range (.38 revolver), and is it illegal for me to use someone else's handgun (Glock 9mm) to try at the range? What are the legal issues to look out for?

1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No, assuming you are not disqualified from possessing a firearm (because of a felony conviction, for example) it is not illegal for you to borrow and fire someone's firearm at a gun range.

But, for the safety of yourself and others, be sure someone gives you basic firearms safety instruction. Always treat it as loaded and ready to fire, and never point it at someone you don't intend to shoot.

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