GUN LAWS IN FLORIDA

Complete Guide To CCW Laws


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Florida firearms laws operate at the state level and can be described as being accommodating compared to other states. The states policy is "Shall Issue" for a concealed carry license with the licenses being issued to both residents and non-residents. Florida is one of five states that bans open carry although open carry is permitted in some limited situations. The state has full preemption over all gun laws for handguns and long guns.

Florida CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Restaurant SEE DETAILS
Constitutional Carry NO
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How Reciprocity Works in Florida

State statutes allow Florida to accept licenses from other states only if that state agrees to honor a Florida concealed carry license. Florida reciprocity law is governed by section 790.015 of the Florida statutes.

Florida currently has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states. A Florida concealed carry license is valid in all these states with a few exceptions as noted at the bottom of this section.

Firearms laws vary with each state and a Florida license holder will be subject to the laws of whatever state they are travelling in.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
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Exceptions

Florida and other state CCW license holders should all take note of the following exceptions when traveling in any of the states listed below.
Only residential CCW licenses from states that Florida has reciprocity agreements with will be honored. Non-residential licenses will not be accepted even if the state has a reciprocity agreement with Florida.

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Florida CCW License

The Florida concealed carry license differs from other states in that it allows holders of the license to not only carry a handgun but also other weapons such as electronic weapons, tear gas guns, billies (baton) and knives. Applicants must be at least 21 years or older and have completed a firearms training course.

The age requirement is reduced to 18 - 20 for members of the armed forces. There is also a broad range of other requirements applicants must meet with a full list in our requirements section. Applications can be made online, in person or by mail.

Non-Resident License

Non-Residents can apply in the same way as residents. However, non-residents will need to submit paper fingerprint cards with the prints having been done by your local law enforcement agency. You will also need to ensure the address of the agency has been entered on the back of the fingerprint card, if the address is missing your application will be returned.

Moving to Florida
If you are moving to Florida and hold a valid CCW license in your current state you will need to establish residence in Florida by;

  • Making a statement of domicile.
  • Registering to vote.
  • Filing an application for homestead tax exemption on property located in Florida.

Once you have established legal residence in Florida your out of state CCW license will be valid for 90 days. This only applies if your license is from a state that honors a Florida CCW license.

The Law
790-015 Non-resident license

Handgun Training

You will need to submit a copy of a certificate from one of he following courses to prove you are competent with a firearm;

  • NRA training course.
  • Hunter safety courses that have been approved by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or by similar organizations in other states.
  • Any firearms safety course offered by a college, law enforcement agency, private or public institution, with instructors that are certified by the NRA, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services or Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  • A firearms training course with a state certified instructor.
  • Documents from participation in an organized shooting competition.

Military Training
If you are on active duty you can submit a military order or a statement of military service signed by a personnel officer or commander. For former military personnel you can submit a DD form 214 for honorable discharge from military service.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class
  • You are a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
  • You must reside in the U.S.
  • You do not have two or more DUI convictions within the previous 3 years
  • No convictions for a violent crime in the last three years, either misdemeanor or felony
  • Federal law requirements

More Details
These are the minimum requirements to qualify for a Florida concealed carry permit. Full requirement details for a concealed carry permit can be found on the application page.

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Florida CCW Application & Renewal

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Florida: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Florida

  • Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail
  • Any courthouse or courtroom
  • Any polling place
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  • Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
  • Any area of a vocational-technical center
  • Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
  • Any college or university facility
  • Inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Florida

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Florida CCW

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Florida Open Carry

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Open carry in Florida.

The Facts on Florida Open Carry

As a general rule Florida open carry is illegal and the law bans handguns from being carried openly even with a valid permit. Open carry has not always been banned in Florida's gun history but currently Florida is one of  five states in the US that ban open carry. The Supreme Court in November, 2017 upheld the ban on open carry in Florida by refusing to hear a case challenging the law.

When Is Open Carry Legal?

There are under Florida Statute 790.25 certain limited conditions in which open carry is legal. Such conditions would be if you are;

  • Traveling to or engaged in camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting or
  • Lawful target shooting

790.25 Lawful Ownership, Possession, and use of Firearms and Other Weapons

  • (h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
  • (i) A person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of any such person while engaged in the lawful course of such business;
  • (j) A person firing weapons for testing or target practice under safe conditions and in a safe place not prohibited by law or going to or from such place;
  • (k) A person firing weapons in a safe and secure indoor range for testing and target practice;

Open carry is only permitted in the above limited situations.

How Will The Police React to Open Carry in Florida?

As seen in the following video clip you will be stopped by law enforcement and questioned if seen open carrying a firearm in Florida. Even if you are engaged in legal activities where open carry is permitted such as fishing, hunting, and camping you will still likely raise unwanted attention from the police who are likely to fire some questions your way (hopefully not bullets)!

Florida Police question teen who is open carrying.

History Of Florida Gun Laws

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Antique handgun

Learn Florida's Gun History

1894

Until 1894 concealed carry of a firearm for self defense was accepted in Florida. The original licensing law was enacted in 1894 but was only applicable in the county in which it was issued. These licenses were issued by the various County Commissions with applicants having to post a surety bond or $100 cash. However, the 1894 law did not include concealed carry which was not permitted before the early 1970's.

1970

This changed in the early 1970's when a man that was denied a permit in Sarasota County appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. The Court ruled that carriage of a firearm was a right that the Florida Constitution guaranteed and the various commissions MUST issue a permit. This court ruling forced a change to the 1894 law and it was slightly modified to permit that method of carry, however it was still only legal in the county a permit was issued.

1987

In 1987 the Florida gun laws were updated and Florida became a Shall Issue state. The 1987 law also legitimized open carry without a license, however due to public opposition stoked by the press open carry was then banned again. Up until 1987 unlawful carrying of a firearm was treated as a misdemeanor.

2005

Florida was the first state to enact stand your ground laws on October 1, 2005. More than 20 other states quickly passed similar laws after the introduction of Florida's law.

Florida Concealed Carry Laws

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Florida Gun Laws To Know

NO - Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Florida gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are required by law to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

The Law
790.06

NO

Any "No Firearms" signage in Florida generally does not have the law behind it. Unless, the sign is posted in an area that falls within the Off-Limits law. The area must be specifically stated in the section of law as being off limits.

Even if the law does not backup a "No Firearms" sign you can still be arrested for trespass if you enter the property. So its best to not enter any property with such a sign posted.

YES - Without a permit
It is lawful for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purposes within the interior of a private vehicle, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. "Securely encased" means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

The Law
790.25
790.001
790.17 Minimum age to transport Firearm 18

NO - with or Without a permit
Open Carry is illegal in Florida even if you have a permit/license. Under section 790.25(3)(h)(j)(k) of the Florida statutes there are some limited situations were it is legal to open carry such as traveling to and being engaged in lawful target shooting, fishing, hunting, and camping.

The Law
790.053
790.25

YES/NO
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

You are not permitted under Florida law to carry in a bar area that serves alcohol. The law states that "any portion of an establishment that dispenses alcohol.... which is primarily devoted to such purpose".

So it is widely interpreted in Florida to mean that you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, as its primary purpose is to dispense food and not alcohol. However, if the restaurant has a bar area you cannot enter that area while carrying a firearm. And you certainly cannot enter a fully licensed bar. That is classed as a misdemeanor with a possible 60 days jail or $500 fine.

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If the restaurant has posted a no firearms sign and you enter then you could be charged with armed trespass which is a felony.

The Law
790.06 (12)

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES
State/National Forests:    YES
State Game Management Units:    YES
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES

The Law
State Park Rules

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law."
(Art. I, § 8)
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Florida Off-Limit Statutes

Other Florida CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Other Firearm Laws

Private Sales
Private sales of guns in Florida are legal and the transaction does not need to be processed through a licensed dealer as in some other states.

Florida law allows counties to require background checks and a 3 – 5 day waiting period when firearms are sold on property the public have access to such as a gun show. However, these local laws cannot be applied to concealed carry permit holders.

Florida Constitution, Art VIII Sec. 5(b)

Florida CCW FAQ's

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Florida CCW Contact

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Miami-Dade Office

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 7743 NW 48th St. Ste. 100

CityDoral, FL 33166-5407

Phone (305) 639-3500

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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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My husband is a LEO in Mississippi and is licensed to conceal carry by Mississippi laws with being an active LEO. We are traveling to FL for vacation and would like to know if reciprocity is granted for members of Mississippi law enforcement to conceal carry.

Amy
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Amy

Florida does honor a concealed carry permit from Mississippi. If you have any other questions, you can look up the concealed carry laws for Florida or call your local sheriff or police department. Since your husband is active LEO, he shouldn’t have any problems finding out this information.

James Hubbard
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James Hubbard

If you are a small business owner with a tax receipt are you exempt from needing a CWP?

Larry G
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Larry G

No.

Barbara
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Barbara

In Florida can you carry a weapon without a permit isn’t there a three step rule?

Brandon
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Brandon

No, there’s no such thing as a three step rule. Its a myth.

John
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John

Is there a list I can check to show me what guns are legal in Florida?

Manny
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Manny

Can I open carry on the property that I am renting

Toby
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Toby

If I had a expungement and sealed record from Indiana to i have to legally disclose that when applying for a Florida CWP? Am i allowed to mark no under Have been convicted of a felony?

B Richards
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B Richards

Call US & TX Law Shield. They answer questions for free like this. Either that or you can contact the NRA. They would for sure know. Don’t do anything until you talk to someone.

Evan lapointe
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Evan lapointe

Can you car two guns on your persons in Florida with a ccw

Jake
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Jake

So long as it’s concealed and you have a ccw license, the answer is yes.

Toby
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Toby

If I had a expungement and sealed record from Indiana to i have to legally disclose that when applying for a Florida CWP? Am i allowed to mark no under Have been convicted of a felony?

Stacy D.
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Stacy D.

I’m currently stuck living with someone who has what appears to be an assault rifle-are these legal too?

Jake
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Jake

The “AR” in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic, a machine gun and those were banned in 1986.

Different States have different laws regarding AR’s. In Florida it is legal to own an AR for home defense.

Barbara
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Barbara

A’s Long as it’s a semi auto and not automatic

dave
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The statement ” as long as its semi and not automatic” is not true in state of florida. You can own a full auto and still purchase these types as long as it a preban 86 legal firearm , go thru more rigorous redtape of legal full auto purchase , not to mention the high cost of gun

Tracy M
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Tracy M

Can I fly into Florida with my gun in my checked luggage? Or will that violate the ban on guns in the airport?

Jake
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Jake

First check the reciprocity between your State and State of Florida. Second go to the airlines website and search – traveling with firearms and ammunition. Each airlines has rules and restrictions for traveling with a firearm.

Larry G
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Larry G

Yes. As long as the gun remains in the locked container until after you leave the airport, you’re ok. Florida prohibits concealed carry in an airport, but there is a provision for transporting a firearm secured for air travel.

Marc
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Marc

I currently have carry conceal permit in NH but I am Moving to Florida. What’s Is required of me to get my carry conceal permit in Florida? I know NH and Florida reciprocate licenses so is it a easier process to my license since I already have one?

Jake
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Jake

Google – Florida CCW Licensing Office find your local office and call for information.

B Richards
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B Richards

I just read on that from above. Here you go: NON-RESIDENT LICENSE Non-Residents can apply in the same way as residents. However, non-residents will need to submit paper fingerprint cards with the prints having been done by your local law enforcement agency. You will also need to ensure the address of the agency has been entered on the back of the fingerprint card, if the address is missing your application will be returned. Moving to Florida If you are moving to Florida and hold a valid CCW license in your current state you will need to establish residence in Florida… Read more »

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if he’s moving here, presumably becoming a Florida resident, why would he want an NON-RESIDENT permit? He can just go into the local Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, where he can fill out the application, get fingerprinted electronically, and get photographed all at no additional cost above the standard application fee.

joe
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joe

Don’t move here, state is full.

William Harrison
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William Harrison

Can a convicted felon by and own a CO powered pellet/bb gun?

B Richards
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B Richards

No. Sorry dude. Just holding one is a federal felony. Any form of gun ownership by convicted felons is outlawed. Any person convicted of a felony or sentenced to at least one year of punishment for a felony offense in another state may not own or possess a firearm of any kind. In addition, statutes prohibit convicted felons from owning or possessing any type of ammunition, even in the absence of a firearm capable of firing that ammunition. Statutes prohibit convicted felons from owning or possessing any type of electric or chemical weapon as well.

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I have a Florida concealed carry permit but I am not a Florida resident, this means that I can carry a handgun but cannot purchase one in the state. (Which doesn’t make too much sense to me.) How would I legally obtain a gun that I can carry in Florida? Would I have to purchase it in my home state and transport it there?

B Richards
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B Richards

That would make sense since you can’t buy one here. You can guy a shotgun or rifle in FL as a non resident, but you can’t buy a handgun. Before I was a resident of FL, I had a CCL from another state. It reciprocated. I brought my gun with me that I purchased from my home state.

Oscar Quintana
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Oscar Quintana

In Florida can a convicted felon live in the same house with a CCW holder

Joe
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Joe

Yes, but they must not have access to it. Must be kept in a safe away from the reach of a k own felon

Anonymous
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A guy at my job in florida brought in a gun and not only is it open he leaves it is unattended laying in the kitchen of the the restaurant im working at

DAVID K LYKINS
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DAVID K LYKINS

This has to be illegal and makes me very uncomfortable having a firearm out in the open for anyone to pickup

Timothy A.Swanson
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Timothy A.Swanson

Can I utilize my 43 years retired law enforcement (elected Sheriff) and 20 years retired military. To obtain a Florida CCW? I’ve been utilizing a section of federal law that allows retired LE to carry as long as I qualify each year, which I’ve done.

Zman
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Zman

I don’t see why not. As stated in the requirements: Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement; Also, Former military personnel can submit a DD Form 214 reflecting honorable discharge from military service.
I think you more than cover it…LOL.

Luis
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Luis

Hi
I drive a Tractor and trailer and don’t leave Florida, is it agains the law to conceal while operating a commercial motor vehicle class A .

Zman
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Zman

Is it yours? If so, then it should be legal. If not, does your company allow CWLs to carry in their vehicles? Ask your boss or the appropriate authority in your company.

Ruben Barnes Maldonado
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Ruben Barnes Maldonado

No its not. As a CDL driver (me) unless is not open carry, you can still have your firearm with you.

Michael Rowley
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Michael Rowley

I will be traveling to Florida from Illinois. I know Florida does not honor Illinois CCL. Is it illegal to have the gun in my car or hotel room?

Richard
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Richard

You might be okay as long as the weapon is-not where you can grab it easly. Yoh don’t want to gamble in the-event you get pulled over in any state where your CCW is not legally accepted.

B Richards
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B Richards

Sure, but I wouldn’t get caught with it! I’d follow the rules of FL on that one. You need it in your glove box, locked or unlocked, or in a case if in your vehicle. As far as in your hotel room, if you end up shooting someone, you could be in a bit of trouble because I’m afraid that you aren’t protected in a state that doesn’t honor your license.

Miles Donaldson
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Miles Donaldson

Hi, I have a Florida permit is it against the law to have reload ammo in your weapon or factory hollow point ammo in it . Thanks

NRA instructor 13
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NRA instructor 13

There are no laws specifying such. It’s highly recommended that you use a nice hollow point to stop a threat as quickly as possible.

Tim
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Tim

If you served in the Military and was honorably discharged and was assigned duty was Base Police that went through firearms training and carried sidearms 24/7 do you still have to take the firearms training course if you have a DD214

Joel
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Joel

Yes you do , i ETSed January 14th 2019, no class had to be taken, only DD214 and valid ID

Joel
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Joel

I’m sorry buddy, meant to say no, no classes have to be taken for you !!

Richard
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Richard

In Florida-as long as you were honorable discharged, then you can use the DD214 in place of the class

Larry
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Larry

no you don’t in Florida and many other state. Contact the issuing agency in your area.

Brian Doyle
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Brian Doyle

No. BUT, Know what the laws are. Having a DD214 only helps you get the permit. But if you don’t know the laws, you might find yourself in trouble. We teach the laws in Florida.

Dan Clark
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Dan Clark

Is it legal to purchase alcohol from a package liquor store while carrying concealed?

michael
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michael

yes….they are selling it ,,, not ‘dispensing’ (pouring/opening) it

NRA instructor 13
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NRA instructor 13

Sure it is, as long as it’s not a bar.

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