By February of 2018, billionaire eccentric Elon Musk’s Boring Company sold out of the 20,000 Boring Company Flamethrowers. That means roughly $10,000,000.00 worth of flamethrowers out on the streets in less than a week. Which got us thinking…are they even legal here in our Sunshine State?
Sure, it makes good sense to think that a weapon that brought sheer terror to the World War I battlefields would be outright illegal. But after doing extensive research into the existing statutes of our State of Florida, and out of downright curiosity, the rest of the United States, we have concluded that the only State on the books that regulates flamethrowers are Maryland (where it is outright banned) and California (where a permit is required). But here in the Sunshine State, there close to no regulation currently on the books prohibiting such a purchase.
Rest assured fans of pyromania, flamethrowers are perfectly fine to possess so long as you are of the legal age to make such a purchase. And I say that with halfhearted meaning, because generally if you are going to purchase a flamethrower, you do so online, whereas you may have guessed, is almost impossible to regulate age. Keep in mind these age restrictions are typically self-imposed by the sellers, not the lawmakers. And Elon Musk, while maybe the most notorious seller of cheap and accessible flamethrowers, is far from the first. In fact, even jumping into Amazon right now, most would be surprised to be able to find a variety of handheld flamethrowers ready to be purchased AT EVEN CHEAPER PRICES (check out the Red Dragon VT 2-23 C Weed Dragon for under $100.)
It’s a little crazy to believe that these potential weapons of war are so readily accessible, but when you think about what their primary purpose is, it makes sense. Outside of War tactics, flamethrowers are traditionally used for yard work. Cutting back on the vines, weeds, and the occasional hornet nest, flamethrowers make a very convenient tool in the agricultural community. Not to mention, the flamethrowers themselves are typically a high care handle item, meaning if you are not careful and start having leaks, you wouldn’t want to use it. This would make it a poor weapon of choice for anyone intending to do harm by chasing someone down with a flamethrower. Add on top of that the range of such a device, in Elon Musk’s Boring Company Flamethrowers, being a little over one foot, is hardly lethal in terms of range.
We here at Jordan Law pride ourselves in getting into the details for you of both the interesting and the obscurity. And while we tell you that you are safe to use a flamethrower per the law of our State, whether it’s Osceola, Volusia, Brevard, Orange, or Sumter counties (not exclusive list), use things like this wisely, and not on people. As a bonus tidbit, Florida does regulate dragon breath style shotgun ammunition, armor piercing rounds, or any projectile round that creates a ball of flame. Those would amount to felonies, so do not confuse them with Florida’s lax position on Flamethrowers. If you are ever unsure, give us a call and we would be happy to use our legal knowledge to point you in the right direction. And if you find yourself with some unhappy law enforcement telling you, “you cannot have that flamethrower”, you can put it down and tell them, “You’ll be hearing from Jordan Law”.
Have more questions about your legal rights? Call Jordan Law (407) 906-5529 to speak with one of our attorneys today!