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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Florida CCW Reciprocity


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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.

Florida Reciprocity State's

Resident License
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

Resident Licenses Only
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, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington D.C. Wisconsin


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.


  • 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

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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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Learn Florida's Gun History


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.


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.


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.


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


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
790.17 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

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.

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)


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
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"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."
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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


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7743 NW 48th St., Ste. 100

CityDoral, FL 33166-5407

Phone (305) 639-3500

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25 Comments on "Gun Laws in Florida"

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Richard Bellerose

Is it a requirement that you have your ccw with you at all times when carrying?


Hey, in Tennessee for private sales, we do not require you to do a background check of any kind, and then can sell to anyone. Well if you do decide to do the background check and it is bad, it is a felony to sell to them. So my question to you is, for a private sale, do you have to do a background check? Because like I said, if don’t want to do one here in Tennessee, that is up to you.


“Stand your ground” law is different than “castle doctrine”


Went to open house to view condo yesterday and when I went into bed room there was hand gun sitting on night stand. Is this legal to have unsecured gun in the open when public can walk through the home?


Does “vehicle carry without permit” applies to anyone traveling in car or just to the residents of Florida?


Is open carry prohibited on one’s own private property , not hunting fishing etc. Or are the restrictions regarding only public spaces?

Nikki Martin

With a permit in Florida, is there a limit as to how many weapons you can carry in your vehicle at one time? Is there a limit as to how many you can own at one time? And are there any gun rights in Florida that protect you against martial law?

Mark Hamilton

Im coming to Daytona for Bike Week. I am a ccw holder from Ga. Am i legally allowed to carry my firearm, or is there a law against carrying during such an event?

Marc Durning

Under the new laws just passed can CWP licence holders still buy a firearm and take home the same day?


When the law refers as “open carry” on the home… It also means on the porch area? Because I live in a townhouse community and each townhouse has an outdoor terrace (like a porch) but it’s part of my house. Can I open carry? I guess that once I get out of my terrace, I have to concealed it again obviously. Right?


I plan on moving to Florida early 2019 how long must you wait to apply for carry concealed permit


I’ve had a non-resident Florida conceal carry permit for a year and some change and recently moved to Florida. I have a FL DL etc… Do I need to do anything to change it to a FL RESIDENT License? Or do I just need to update my address?


Planning to move to Florida in late 2018 as a permanent resident. I have a collection of long guns and pistols. Do I need to register these in Florida?

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