September 12th PIRSAC Meeting Recap
During the September 12th PIRSAC meeting Florida Division of Licensing (DOL) Director Grea Bevis announced several new legislative updates, most notably endorsing proposed statute changes for Class 'G' licensees that would expand the list of approved duty firearms to include .40 S&W and .45ACP.
For several years, members of the FASCO and FALI Board of Directors have called upon the DOL to give serious consideration to expanding the firearms that 'G' licensed security officers and private investigators are permitted to carry under FS 493.6115(6) to include .40 and .45 ACP. FASCO and FALI lobbied for change that now appears may finally receive the attention it deserves. Other changes to the 2014 revisions are as follows:
493.6305 Uniforms, required wear; exceptions. -
(4) Class 'D' licensees who are also Class 'G' licensees and are performing bodyguard or executive protection services may carry their authorized firearm concealed while wearing plain clothes as needed to provide contracted services to the client.
493.6113 Renewal application for licensure. -
(b) Each Class 'G' licensee shall additionally submit proof that he or she has received during each year of the license period a minimum of four hours of firearms certification training taught by a Class 'K' licensee and has complied with such other health and training requirements which the department shall adopt by rule. Proof of completion of firearms recertification training shall be submitted to the department upon completion of the training. If documentation of completion of the required training is not submitted by the end of the first year of the two-year term of the license, the individual's license shall be automatically suspended until proof of the required training is submitted to the department. If proof of the four hours of annual firearms recertification training from year one cannot be provided, the licensee shall complete the 28 hours of range and classroom training required at the time of initial licensure. If documentation of completion of the required training is not submitted by the end of the second year of the two-year term of the license, the license shall not be renewed unless the renewal applicant completes the minimum number of hours of range and classroom training required at the time of initial licensure.
Many other significant changes are coming for 2014 involving 'K' instructors, the 'G' training program and a mutual-aid rule change allowing 'B' agencies to bring in out-of-state armed security officers to work under their supervision to assist during a state of emergency and supplement our abilities to protect our clients and the public. FASCO continues to diligently strive for legislative change that not only makes sense, but improves professionalism within our industry and helps safeguard private security professionals and improve their ability to protect and serve others.