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
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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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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 Gun Policy

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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: 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

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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
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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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Ronnie Cannon

Curious if you can fire a shot to scare off a animal that’s approaching you. Stray Dog/Wild Animal

Gary
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I had an interesting question, how does concealed carry apply at a church where there is a school? The school and school administration buildings are separated from the church. To access and leave the church you do not in any way access any part of the school. During the week though, the school does have church services on certain days. Thank you for the help. Blessings

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Keith

I’m from Ohio so I have reciprocity for concealed carry. Am I able to bring my weapon on ferries if we visit islands th as t are part of florida?

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Audrey deoliveira

I am 20 years old and active duty. Just applied for my CCW with no issue at all. However, I understand there is a grey area when owning a handgun under 21. I was told I can be *gifted* a handgun, but not purchase. Am I within the law if I am gifted a handgun and keep it in my car? If not, then why am I allowed to get my CCW under the age of 21 to begin with? Thanks!

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Tim

My family is planning a trip to Disney World. We will be staying at a hotel in Kissimmee. I have a cpl from Michigan. I have never brought my weapon on a trip like this before while driving. Anything that I need to understand first? Is weapon allowed to be locked in vehicle at Disney Parks or no?

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You can legally leave it in the car, or your hotel. Make sure you lock it. I don’t remember if Michigan is reciprocal to Florida for CWP, but even if it is, you may be driving thru states that are not. Check each state for transportation laws, as they do vary.

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Dakota Anderson

Am I allowed to carry or posses a firearm registered to a family member in the state of florida? And if it is a gift do I need to register it my name?

Brandon
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Brandon

No, Florida doesn’t require registration of firearms. Firearm registration is non existent in Florida.

Matt
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Matt

If I get pull over by an officer and I have my permit along with my handgun and the officer ask me if I have weapon in the vehicle? Can I say yes or should I just say I have my concealed permit?

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If an officer/deputy asks if you have a weapon in the vehicle, it will go much better for you if you reply truthfully and say “I have my concealed permit, and yes I do have a weapon in the car”. And, this is the important step…Do Not Move your hands until the officer/deputy instructs you to. The law is that you don’t have to volunteer that info..unless asked. Unless they smell weed or think someone has a warrant, they may not even pull you out.

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Can I bring into FL (as a legal Resident of FL) a rifle gifted to me by a family member from another State? Are there any rules on transporting it in an Open trunk like a Jeep?

Ted
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Ted

Yes, you can transfer your firearm property into the state. So long as you are eligible to posses firearms, and should that item be regulated by the NFA and is classified as a class 3 item, you must have your required stamp and trust and notify the local CLEO that you are in possesion of a class three. If you are transferring firearms in your vehicle, it must be encased and not readily accessible.

Rick
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Rick

Here’s is a interesting question, can you conceal Carry a long gun with a conceal weapon permit?

Ted
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In FL a CCW allows permit holders to conceal any type of lawful weapon (with the exception of NFA and Class 3 Items). But beware, a LEO will highly scrutinize you should they find you concealing a long gun.

Ed Kline
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My condo is on the bay. I know it’s legal to open carry when fishing, but can I open carry from my door to the water on condo property. There are no HOA gun rules.

Ted
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Its best not to confuse your boundaries and limits on open carry. Although the COA is private property and does not dictate rules on firearms, I would recommend concealing your firearm until you are on your vessel or at the pier. But beware, open carry at a pier and open carry on the water are viewed very differently by LEO. The purpose of the Fishing, Hunting Camping provision is too allow citizens the capability of defending themselves in remote and otherwise less populated areas. Please see case law on this to protect yourself from any prosecution.

Pete
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Pete

My concealed weapons license has been misplaced. Im waiting on the replacement. Can i carry my gun on me ? I have the details of the permit ( nunber and expiration date)

Ted
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Ted

No. In order to conceal, you must have on your person the CCW and your FL ID. You must wait until your replacement arrives. You can however carry your gun in your private conveyance.

Rick
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Rick

Can you carry more than one concealed gun on you.

Jason
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Jason

Yes you can. There is no limit as to how many guns, magazines or bullets. I get this question a lot.

Stephen
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Stephen

Can I open carry on my own property?

Jason
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Jason

Yes you may.

Chris
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Chris

I have my CWFL is it illegal to have a round in the chamber while you are carrying concealed

Jason
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Jason

Yes, and please do. No one, and I do mean no one can rack a slide fast enough to beat a person whom already has a gun ready to do bad.

Steve
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Steve

Yes, it’s Illegal? Or yes, it’s Legal? I’ve tried to find this info, even asked a couple of cop friends…one says it’s ok, the other says it’s not…. That’s the way they carry, of course, for the reason’s you stated.

ron
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Can you carry a gun into ma bank?

Chris
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Chris

If you have a concealed license as long as it is concealed I believe you can

Jason
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Jason

Yes you can. Banks are private entities not federal like some would think.

Anthony Priore
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Anthony Priore

If an employer bans concealed carry in the work place for employees, what forms must/documentation must the provide to the employee?

Jason
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Jason

Simply having it in the S.O.P. (standard operating procedures) manual or employee handbook is all they need for you to be not able to carry at work.

Bill T.
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Bill T.

I have a CW and pocket carry my weapon and a friend of mine is a convicted felon.Can I carry when we’re together such as riding in the car?He has no idea I carry and I’ve gotten several different answers to this even from police.

Ryan
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Being a felon means they can’t possess it. To the best of my knowledge you should be able to carry the weapon on you but should avoid putting it into the vehicle within his reach because it could be perceived that it is his. It’s a bit of a grey area.

Jason
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Jason

If it’s in YOUR control or possession it doesn’t matter whom you are around.

Luis
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Luis

Can I carry or have a handgun easily accessible to me in a vechicle if I have a CW? Like in a magnet attached to the dash or a holster on the side of my seat?

Mr. Marshall
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Mr. Marshall

in your vehicle the gun may not be in plain view. If you have a CWFL you can cover the handgun with a towel or a magazine however if you do not have a CWFL the handgun must be “securely encased”. Covered with a towel or magazine is not securely encased.

Rob
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Rob

The magnet can be both good and bad. Jason brings up a good point that keeping it in plain sight is risky. However, it is very convenient if you have to drive longer distances which can make it a lot more comfortable then in a IWB holster. I usually get into my car with my gun concealed, then put it on my magnet if I have a long drive.

Ryan
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Ryan

The law states you can have it concealed on you with a permit or it must be “securely encased, or otherwise not readily accessible for use.” This has been interpreted to be in a latching compartment like a glove compartment or a center console or snapped in a holster.

Jason Fagnant
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Jason Fagnant

BIG NO on that stupid magnet setup lol. That makes the gun easily accessible and is also in plain sight. Same with the holster on side of seat. Easiest way to stay legal is out of sight, and not immediately accessible for use.

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w,c ,meddings

what is conceited concealment.if you can see the out line of my gun under my shirt ect is it still concealed ?
if i have a hostler with a fully enclosed top,no gun showing, is it ok

Mr. Marshall
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If your firearms outline is visible through your clothing but the firearm itself is not visible that is what we call “printing”. Printing is not illegal in Florida. Technically if a holster COMPLETELY hides every part of a firearm, that is technically concealment and meets the requirement of concealed. I would not push that though. A fanny pack is okay, there are some holsters that are made to be in plain view but do not look like gun holsters. Those would be alright. Just keep in mind no portion of the firearm can be visible.

Ryan Dillsworth
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Ryan Dillsworth

Can I carry or have a handgun easily accessible to me in a vechicle if I have a CWP in Florida?

Mr. Marshall
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Mr. Marshall

Yes, however the handgun must not be in a location in the vehicle where it is in plain sight. If you have a CWFL the handgun is not required to be securely encased, just out of view through a window. Non-CWFL Floridians who have a handgun in their vehicle must keep the firearm securely encased in the vehicle.

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