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Jon H. Gutmacher

Jon H. Gutmacher

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Administrative Law

About Me

While I handle a variety of criminal matters,  I primarily handle cases involving firearms, weapons, and self defense issues such as aggravated assault, and other weapon violations.    I also represent firearm licensees before BATFE,  security personnel and CWP holders before the Florida Bd.of Licensing, and occasionally do NICS database corrections thru the FBI.    I am an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor,  Refuse to be a Victim Instructor,  and was a in-field legal advisor to a narcotics strike unit when I was a prosecutor.  I write extensively in my field, and my book "Florida Firearms -- Law, Use & Ownership" is considered by many to be the "bible" on Florida and Federal firearm, weapon, and self defense laws with over 120,000 copies sold.  I pride myself on being honest with my clients, and giving each case the time and concentration it deserves.  I no longer handle civil rights cases unless they directly relate to a false arrest on an unfounded weapons charge.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1972

  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    43 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Administrative Law: 5%
    43 years, 25 cases



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jon. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • M. Todd Miller

    I endorse this lawyer.


    M. Miller Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

200 N Thornton Ave
Orlando, FL, 328012164


FLMember in Good Standing197205/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
NRA Certified Firearms InstructorNRA1994
Chairman, Traffic Court Rules CommitteeThe Florida Bar1988
Chairman, Traffic Court Rules CommitteeThe Florida Bar1987
Am. Jur. Award for Trial AdvocacyAmerican Jurisprudence1972

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
mediator volunteerOrange County Bar Association2007 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney1973 - 1978
chief law clerkProsecutor's Office - Union Cty, N.J.1970 - 1972

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Armed Citizens Legal Defense Networkreferral attorney2010 - Present
Gun Owners of Americareferral attorney2005 - Present
Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Assoc.member1997 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember1995 - Present
National Rifle Associationreferral attorney1994 - Present
Florida Association of State Troopersreferral attorney1990 - 1995
Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules CommitteeChairman1987 - 1988

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Hans FlorianGrand Jury refused to indict
State v. Rosenthalnot guilty - jury trial
State v. Van Eppsnot guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
Florida Firearms -- Law, Use & Ownershipbook2010
Rods & Guns Magazineregular featured column2009
Sportman's Gazetteregular featured column2009
The BriefsWhat Happened to the Immunity in 776.0322009
Lorman Seminars -- Police LiabilityFalse arrest issues2002
Lorman Seminars - Police LiabilityFalse arrest issues2001
Florida Rod and Gun Traderregular featured column1995
The Florida Bar -- CLEManslaughter and vehicular homicide1991
The Florida Bar -- CLEThe scientific defenses to blood and breath testing1989
The Florida Bar -- CLEExtraordinary remedies in criminal cases1977

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law Schoollawlaw1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Space Coast Community Law SchoolDefense of the Home2012
Firearm and Self Defense LawsFirearm Laws for Law Enforcement Officers2012
FHP Auxilliary DelandUse of Force2012
Ron Fraiser ShowFlorida Gun Laws2011
FOX News - Channel 35Open carry law2011
NBC Local Evening NewsStrategies to avoid Abduction2010
FHP Aux. meetingFirearm issues2010
Ed Tyll ShowShould store clerks be armed?2010
Orlando Tea PartyThe Second Amendment2009
N.W. Republican Woman's Federationself defense issues2009
Lake County Tea PartyThe Second Amendment2009
Indian Hammock Hunt ClubEverything on Firearms and Self Defense2009
Florida Association of Private InvestigatorsFirearm and Self Defense laws2009
Armed American RadioSelf defense and deadly force issues2009
Public seminarfirearm and self defense laws2008
Florida Public Defenders Associationdefending firearm and self defense cases2008
Florida Association of Licensed InvestigatorsFirearm, weapon, and self defense issues2008
The new 2005 self defense laws2005 revision to C. 776, Florida Statutes2005
Florida Public Defenders Associationdefending firearm and self defense cases2005
Police LiabilityPolice Liability2002
Police LiabilityPolice Liability2001
Orlando Citizen's Police Alumni AssocationFirearm and self defense laws1996
Monthly meeting CFBTACivil Rights Litigation1996
CFPA conferenceWhat every paralegal needs to know1996
Tallahassee Freedom Rallyspeaker and organizer - Assault Weapons Ban1994
In Your Interestsix part TV series on Second Amendment1994
Mid-Year Meeting of The Florida BarVehicular Homicide and Manslaughter1991
Mid-Year Meeting of The Florida BarScientific defenses to blood & breath testing1989
ABC NightlineMercy Killing1985
CLE - criminal lawExtraordinary remedies in criminal cases1977