On April 3, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 543, which allows Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit. However, pursuant to Chapter 790 of the Florida Statutes, possession of weapons, firearms, and hazardous materials remains RESTRICTED in the courthouses of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. This includes the Orange County Office of the State Attorney and the Orange County Office of the Public Defender.
As the buildings are designated as Secure Facilities, anyone entering is subject to search of their person. Any person found possessing a weapon, firearm, or hazardous material of any kind will be denied access to the building unless the weapon, firearm, or hazardous material is surrendered to the proper authorities.
For more information regarding the restriction of weapons, firearms, and hazardous materials in the courthouses of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, please read Administrative Order No. 07-95-51-05.