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While our online training program may not allow you to apply for Florida permit/license to carry, residents of Florida can utilize our online training program to apply for a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License to ADD to the number of states they can carry in than with Florida’s permit alone.

Florida does issue carry permit/licenses for Florida residents and non residents. Florida does NOT recognized the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License as a legal way to conealed carry in their state.

However, by getting the State of Virginia’s Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you can INCREASE the number of states you CAN carry in.

Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Read below to view the most recent laws, regulations and guidelines regarding Florida's Concealed Carry Laws As Of 2016*
 

IMPORTANT!!

Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside.  This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in many states as a valid concealed carry permit, but NOT in Florida.  This is good for recoprocity to other states only for Florida residents and non-residents.

How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.

How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:

To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_NonresidentConcealed.shtm

You can also go to www.vsp.state.va.us and on the left side of the page click the link for "firearms/concealed handguns" and then click on "Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits" link.This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.

PLEASE NOTE:

To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.

LAWS, REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES

*Laws and outlines are updated to the best of our ability. 

Florida Conceal Carry Laws Updated As Of 2016*


  • Reciprocity Guidelines for Florida

    Florida will honor resident permits from the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alaska, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia, Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Texas, Delaware, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Utah.

    Florida does not honor the non-resident permits from the above states.

    Reciprocity laws for Florida:

    790.015 Nonresidents Who Are United States Citizens and Hold a Concealed Weapons License In Another State; Reciprocity

    (1) Notwithstanding s. 790.01, a nonresident of Florida may carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm while in this state if the nonresident: (a) Is 21 years of age or older. (b) Has in his or her immediate possession a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm issued to the nonresident in his or her state of residence. (c) Is a resident of the United States.

    (2) A nonresident is subject to the same laws and restrictions with respect to carrying a concealed weapon or concealed firearm as a resident of Florida who is so licensed.

    (3) If the resident of another state who is the holder of a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm issued in another state establishes legal residence in this state by: (a) Registering to vote; (b) Making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17; or Links State CCW Site CCW Phamplet CCW Application App. Instructions Order Forms Online State FAQ Site 2 nd FAQ Site State Statutes State Admin Rules State Reciprocity Info State Attorney General Secretary of State Last Updated: 5/22/15 www.handgunlaw.us 2 (c) Filing for homestead tax exemption on property in this state, the license shall remain in effect for 90 days following the date on which the holder of the license establishes legal state residence.

    (4) This section applies only to nonresident concealed weapon or concealed firearm license holders from states that honor Florida concealed weapon or concealed firearm licenses.

    (5) The requirement of paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a person who: (a) Is a service member, as defined in s. 250.01; or (b) Is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was discharged under honorable conditions.

  • Applying for a Permit in Florida

    Process to submit an application in the State of Florida:

    There are two options for submitting an application in the state the fast track process or via mail.

    Note – As of July 1, 2014 the State of Florida has set up a process where an approved tax collector can accept applications to make the entire process more convenient for residents and applicants. The state has not yet updated all websites to reflect this new process.

    1. Fast Track Process – The applicant can submit an application at one of eight different offices located throughout the state. Applicants can call a nearby office to schedule an appointment where they will be directed to a computer station in order to complete the application electronically. Once the application is complete the staff will also fingerprint, photograph and accept permit payments.

    2. The second option is to submit the application via the mail system. Download and print an application to complete as well as make sure to contact law enforcement in order to submit fingerprints electronically.
    a. Review the Florida State Statutes Chapter 790
    b. Obtain a color, passport style photograph
    c. Get training that meets the training requirements for the state and provide verification that meets the acceptable documents listing, photocopy the documents and send the application. If you are serving in the armed forces a Military ID card will serve as a the training requirement
    d. If you have any criminal charges get certified copies of the court documents and provide those with the application
    e. Provide a copy of the electronic fingerprints which can be obtained in almost any of the sheriff’s offices within any county. Specific information is available on the electronic fingerprinting page.
    f.Print or type the application in order to complete it.
    g. Sign the application in the presence of a notary
    h. Submit the applicable fees to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, note there are no refunds on fees.
    i. Send all information in one envelope including fees, photographs, fingerprints or proof of submission with associated fees, training requirements, court documents if necessary and the notarized application.
    j. Mail the application to: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, PO Box 6687, Tallahassee, FL 32314

    790.062 Members and Veterans of United States Armed Forces; Exceptions From Licensure Provisions

    (1) Notwithstanding s. 790.06(2)(b), the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall issue a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm under s. 790.06 if the applicant is otherwise qualified and: (a) Is a service member, as defined in s. 250.01; or (b) Is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was discharged under honorable conditions.

    (2) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall accept fingerprints of an applicant under this section administered by any law enforcement agency, military provost, or other military unit charged with law enforcement duties or as otherwise provided for in 790.06(5)(c).

    Note – Armed forces members and veterans can apply for a FL license or permit.

    Service Member information – There have been applications in the State of Florida where military ID was not sufficient proof of training but instead the Basic Training Record showing they were qualified to fire a pistol was required. It is recommend that this form be used instead of other options.

    Residency note – The State of Florida will only issue permits to applicants who are currently residing in the United States.

  • Applying for a Non-Resident Permit

    The non-resident permit application process is the same as the resident process, reference the above section for the requirements to apply.

    Special notes, first, the notary does not have to be from the State of Florida. Second, the non-resident applicant must submit a paper fingerprint card completed by a law enforcement agency. The agency you select may charge a fee for this service.

    Information for those who move to Florida:

    (3) If the resident of another state who is the holder of a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm issued in another state establishes legal residence in this state by: (a) Registering to vote; (b) Making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17; or (c) Filing for homestead tax exemption on property in this state, the license shall remain in effect for 90 days following the date on which the holder of the license establishes legal state residence.

    (4) This section applies only to nonresident concealed weapon or concealed firearm license holders from states that honor Florida concealed weapon or concealed firearm licenses.

  • Carry Permit Limitations

    The below statutes highlight those areas that are limited in their ability to carry a firearm:

    790.06 (12) License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
    Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05, any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station; any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse; any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her 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 school administration building; any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose; any elementary or secondary school facility; any area vocational-technical center; any college or university facility unless the licensee is a registered student, employee, or faculty member of such college or university and the weapon is a stun gun or non-lethal electric weapon or device designed solely for defensive purposes and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile; (See Note in Parking Lot Storage Section) inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft; or any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law

    790.115 Possessing or Discharging Weapons or Firearms at a School-Sponsored Event or on School Property Prohibited; Penalties; Exceptions.

    (2)(a) A person shall not possess any firearm, electric weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon as defined in s. 790.001(13), including a razor blade or box cutter, except as authorized in support of school-sanctioned activities, at a school-sponsored event or on the property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop; however, a person may carry a firearm: www.handgunlaw.us 5
    3. In a vehicle pursuant to s. 790.25(5); except that school districts may adopt written and published policies that waive the exception in this subparagraph for purposes of student and campus parking privileges. For the purposes of this section, “school” means any preschool, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public or nonpublic.

    394.458 (1)(a) Except as authorized by law or as specifically authorized by the person in charge of each hospital providing mental health services under this part, it is unlawful to introduce into or upon the grounds of such hospital, or to take or attempt to take or send there from, any of the following articles, which are hereby declared to be contraband for the purposes of this section: 1. Any intoxicating beverage or beverage which causes or may cause an intoxicating effect; 2. Any controlled substance as defined in chapter 893; or 3. Any firearms or deadly weapon. (b) It is unlawful to transmit to, or attempt to transmit to, or cause or attempt to cause to be transmitted to, or received by, any patient of any hospital providing mental health services under this part any article or thing declared by this section to be contraband, at any place which is outside of the grounds of such hospital, except as authorized by law or as specifically authorized by the person in charge of such hospital.

    (2) A person who violates any provision of this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. Florida Statute 823.05 defines a place of nuisance as a "place which tends to annoy the community or injure the health of the community... or any house or place of prostitution, assignation, lewdness or place or building where games of chance are engaged in violation of law or any place where any law of the state is violated."

    311.12 Seaport Security.

    3 Persons found in these areas without the proper permission are subject to the trespass provisions of ss. 810.08 and 810.09. (b) The seaport must provide clear notice of the prohibition against possession of concealed weapons and other contraband material on the premises of the seaport. Any person in a restricted area who has in his or her possession a concealed weapon, or who operates or has possession or control of a vehicle in or upon which a concealed weapon is placed or stored, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This paragraph does not apply to active-duty certified federal or state law enforcement personnel or persons so designated by the seaport director in writing.

    Specific requirements regarding the Savannas State Reserve:

    Title XVII 258.157 Prohibited acts in Savannas State Reserve. (1) It is unlawful for any person, except an on-duty law enforcement or conservation officer, to operate a vehicle or A.T.V. in the Savannas unless such person is using the provided ingress or egress to a private holding within the described boundary or using the vehicle or A.T.V. to transport a boat to a public boat ramp accessible only through state reserve property, or unless the vehicle or A.T.V. is being used in conjunction with a permitted or supervised educational field trip, a wildlife survey, or state agency natural resources management activities.

    (2) It is unlawful for any person, except a law enforcement or conservation officer, to have in his or her possession any firearm while within the Savannas except when in compliance with regulations established by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission applying to lands within the described boundaries. www.handgunlaw.us 6 (3) Any person who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

  • Unlicensed Carry during a Mandatory Evacuation Under Declared Emergency

    Specific requirements regarding the carrying of weapons during a state of emergency:

    790.01 Unlicensed Carrying of Concealed Weapons or Concealed Firearms.

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (3) a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

    (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

    (3) This section does not apply to: (a) A person who carries a concealed weapon, or a person who may lawfully possess a firearm and who carries a concealed firearm, on or about his or her person while in the act of evacuating during a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to Chapter 252 or declared by a local authority pursuant to Chapter 870. As used in this subsection, the term “in the act of evacuating” means the immediate and urgent movement of a person away from the evacuation zone within 48 hours after a mandatory evacuation is ordered. The 48 hours may be extended by an order issued by the Governor. (b) A person who carries for purposes of lawful self-defense, in a concealed manner: 1. A self-defense chemical spray. 2. A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

    (4) This section does not preclude any prosecution for the use of an electric weapon or device, a dart-firing stun gun, or a self-defense chemical spray during the commission of any criminal offense under s. 790.07, s. 790.10, s. 790.23, or s. 790.235, or for any other criminal offense.

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  • Gun Sign Requirements and Limitations

    In the State of Florida, gun signs do not have the force of law unless the signs are on locations where guns are explicitly outlawed.

  • Parking Lot Storage Law

    Below are the requirements regarding storing firearms within a parking structure:

    790.251 Protection of the Right To Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles for Self-Defense and Other Lawful Purposes; Prohibited Acts; Duty of Public and Private Employers; Immunity From Liability; Enforcement.—

    (1) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the "Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008."

    (2) Definitions.--As used in this section, the term:
    (a) "Parking lot" means any property that is used for parking motor vehicles and is available to customers, employees, or invitees for temporary or long-term parking or storage of motor vehicles.
    (b) "Motor vehicle" means any automobile, truck, minivan, sports utility vehicle, motor home, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, motor scooter, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of this state and required to be registered under state law.
    (c) "Employee" means any person who possesses a valid license issued pursuant to s. 790.06 and: 1. Works for salary, wages, or other remuneration; 2. Is an independent contractor; or 3. Is a volunteer, intern, or other similar individual for an employer.
    (d) "Employer" means any business that is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, professional association, cooperative, joint venture, trust, firm, institution, or association, or public sector entity, that has employees.
    (e) "Invitee" means any business invitee, including a customer or visitor, who is lawfully on the premises of a public or private employer. As used in this section, the term "firearm" includes ammunition and accoutrements attendant to the lawful possession and use of a firearm.

    (3) Legislative Intent; Findings.--This act is intended to codify the long-standing legislative policy of the state that individual citizens have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, that they have a constitutional right to possess and keep legally owned firearms within their motor vehicles for self-defense and other lawful purposes, and that these rights are not abrogated by virtue of a citizen becoming a customer, employee, or invitee of a business entity. It is the finding of the Legislature that a citizen's lawful possession, transportation, and secure keeping of firearms and ammunition within his or her motor vehicle is essential to the exercise of the fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms and the constitutional right of self-defense. The Legislature finds that protecting and preserving these rights is essential to the exercise of freedom and individual responsibility. The Legislature further finds that no citizen can or should be required to waive or abrogate his or her right to possess and securely keep firearms and ammunition locked within his or her motor vehicle by virtue of becoming a customer, employee, or invitee of any employer or business establishment within the state, unless specifically required by state or federal law. www.handgunlaw.us 8

    (4) Prohibited Acts.--No public or private employer may violate the constitutional rights of any customer, employee, or invitee as provided in paragraphs (a)-(e):
    (a) No public or private employer may prohibit any customer, employee, or invitee from possessing any legally owned firearm when such firearm is lawfully possessed and locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot and when the customer, employee, or invitee is lawfully in such area.
    (b) No public or private employer may violate the privacy rights of a customer, employee, or invitee by verbal or written inquiry regarding the presence of a firearm inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot or by an actual search of a private motor vehicle in a parking lot to ascertain the presence of a firearm within the vehicle. Further, no public or private employer may take any action against a customer, employee, or invitee based upon verbal or written statements of any party concerning possession of a firearm stored inside a private motor vehicle in a parking lot for lawful purposes. A search of a private motor vehicle in the parking lot of a public or private employer to ascertain the presence of a firearm within the vehicle may only be conducted by on-duty law enforcement personnel, based upon due process and must comply with constitutional protections.
    (c) No public or private employer shall condition employment upon either: 1. The fact that an employee or prospective employee holds or does not hold a license issued pursuant to s. 790.06; or 2. Any agreement by an employee or a prospective employee that prohibits an employee from keeping a legal firearm locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot when such firearm is kept for lawful purposes.
    (d) No public or private employer shall prohibit or attempt to prevent any customer, employee, or invitee from entering the parking lot of the employer's place of business because the customer's, employee's, or invitee's private motor vehicle contains a legal firearm being carried for lawful purposes, that is out of sight within the customer's, employee's, or invitee's private motor vehicle.
    (e) No public or private employer may terminate the employment of or otherwise discriminate against an employee, or expel a customer or invitee for exercising his or her constitutional right to keep and bear arms or for exercising the right of self-defense as long as a firearm is never exhibited on company property for any reason other than lawful defensive purposes. This subsection applies to all public sector employers, including those already prohibited from regulating firearms under the provisions of s. 790.33.

    (5) Duty of Care of Public and Private Employers; Immunity From Liability.—
    (a) When subject to the provisions of subsection (4), a public or private employer has no duty of care related to the actions prohibited under such subsection.
    (b) A public or private employer is not liable in a civil action based on actions or inactions taken in compliance with this section. The immunity provided in this subsection does not apply to civil actions based on actions or inactions of public or private employers that are unrelated to compliance with this section.
    (c) Nothing contained in this section shall be interpreted to expand any existing duty, or create any additional duty, on the part of a public or private employer, property owner, or property owner's agent.

    (6) Enforcement.--The Attorney General shall enforce the protections of this act on behalf of any customer, employee, or invitee aggrieved under this act. If there is reasonable cause to believe that the aggrieved person's rights under this act have been violated by a public or private employer, the Attorney General shall commence a civil or administrative action for damages, injunctive relief and civil penalties, and such other relief as may be appropriate under the provisions of s. 760.51, or may negotiate a settlement with any employer on behalf of any person aggrieved under the act. However, nothing in this act shall prohibit the right of a person aggrieved under this act to bring a civil action for violation of rights protected under the act. In any successful action brought by a customer, employee, or invitee aggrieved under this act, the court shall award all reasonable personal costs and losses suffered by the aggrieved person as a result of the violation of rights under this act. In any action brought pursuant to this act, the court shall award all court costs and attorney's fees to the prevailing party.

    (7) Exceptions.--The prohibitions in subsection (4) do not apply to: (a) Any school property as defined and regulated under s. 790.115. (b) Any correctional institution regulated under s. 944.47 or chapter 957. (c) Any property where a nuclear-powered electricity generation facility is located. (d) Property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which are conducted substantial activities involving national defense, aerospace, or homeland security. (e) Property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which the primary business conducted is the manufacture, use, storage, or transportation of combustible or explosive materials regulated under state or federal law, or property owned or leased by an employer who has obtained a permit required under 18 U.S.C. s. 842 to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in explosive materials on such property. (f) A motor vehicle owned, leased, or rented by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer. (g) Any other property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which possession of a firearm or other legal product by a customer, employee, or invitee is prohibited pursuant to any federal law, contract with a federal government entity, or general law of this state.

    A ruling from the District court of appeals stated that public colleges and universities cannot ban firearms from being stored in student’s vehicles. There are specific requirements regarding who can mandate and whether or not students will be expelled.

    790.115 Possessing or Discharging Weapons or Firearms at a School-Sponsored Event or on School Property Prohibited; Penalties; Exceptions.—
    (2)(a) A person shall not possess any firearm, electric weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon as defined in s. 790.001(13), including a razor blade or box cutter, except as authorized in support of school-sanctioned activities, at a school-sponsored event or on the property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop; however, a person may carry a firearm: www.handgunlaw.us 10

    3. In a vehicle pursuant to s. 790.25(5); except that school districts may adopt written and published policies that waive the exception in this subparagraph for purposes of student and campus parking privileges. For the purposes of this section, “school” means any preschool, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public or nonpublic.

  • Inform an Officer When Contacted

    You are not required to inform an officer when contacted.

    790.06 …. The licensee must carry the license, together with valid identification, at all times in which the licensee is in actual possession of a concealed weapon or firearm and must display both the license and proper identification upon demand by a law enforcement officer. Violations of the provisions of this subsection shall constitute a noncriminal violation with a penalty of $25, payable to the clerk of the court.

  • Carry Restrictions for State, National and other Public Lands

    Carrying is allowed in State Parks, Forests, WMAs and Roadside Rest areas.

  • Traveling in a Vehicle with a Firearm without a Florida Permit

    Below are the requirements for traveling and possessing a firearm within a vehicle:

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

    (5) Possession in Private Conveyance.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for selfdefense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.

    790.001 Definitions.-- As Used in This Chapter, Except Where the Context Otherwise Requires: (17) "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. 790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.— (1) DECLARATION OF POLICY.—The Legislature finds as a matter of public policy and fact that it is necessary to promote firearms safety and to curb and prevent the use of firearms and other weapons in crime and by incompetent persons without prohibiting the lawful use in defense of life, home, and property, and the use by United States or state military organizations, and as otherwise now authorized by law, including the right to use and own firearms for target practice and marksmanship on target practice ranges or other lawful places, and lawful hunting and other lawful purposes. www.handgunlaw.us 11 (3) LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06 do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own, possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons, ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes: (h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;

  • Open Carry Laws for Florida

    The State of Florida does not allow open carry without a permit:

    790.053 Open Carrying of Weapons.—
    (1) Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device. It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.

    (2) A person may openly carry, for purposes of lawful self-defense: (a) A self-defense chemical spray. (b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

    (3) Any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

  • Carry Law Preemptions for Florida

    790.33 Field of Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition Preempted.

    (1) Preemption.—Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.

    (2) Policy and Intent.— (a) It is the intent of this section to provide uniform firearms laws in the state; to declare all ordinances and regulations null and void which have been enacted by any jurisdictions other than state and federal, which regulate firearms, ammunition, or components thereof; to prohibit the enactment of any future ordinances or regulations relating to firearms, ammunition, or components thereof unless specifically authorized by this section or general law; and to require local jurisdictions to enforce state firearms laws. (b) It is further the intent of this section to deter and prevent the violation of this section and the violation of rights protected under the constitution and laws of this state related to firearms, ammunition, or components thereof, by the abuse of official authority that occurs when enactments are passed in violation of state law or under color of local or state authority.

    (3) Prohibitions; Penalties.— www.handgunlaw.us 12

    (a) Any person, county, agency, municipality, district, or other entity that violates the Legislature’s occupation of the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, as declared in subsection (1), by enacting or causing to be enforced any local ordinance or administrative rule or regulation impinging upon such exclusive occupation of the field shall be liable as set forth herein.
    (b) If any county, city, town, or other local government violates this section, the court shall declare the improper ordinance, regulation, or rule invalid and issue a permanent injunction against the local government prohibiting it from enforcing such ordinance, regulation, or rule. It is no defense that in enacting the ordinance, regulation, or rule the local government was acting in good faith or upon advice of counsel.
    (c) If the court determines that a violation was knowing and willful, the court shall assess a civil fine of up to $5,000 against the elected or appointed local government official or officials or administrative agency head under whose jurisdiction the violation occurred.
    (d) Except as required by applicable law, public funds may not be used to defend or reimburse the unlawful conduct of any person found to have knowingly and willfully violated this section.
    (e) A knowing and willful violation of any provision of this section by a person acting in an official capacity for any entity enacting or causing to be enforced a local ordinance or administrative rule or regulation prohibited under paragraph (a) or otherwise under color of law shall be cause for termination of employment or contract or removal from office by the Governor.
    (f) A person or an organization whose membership is adversely affected by any ordinance, regulation, measure, directive, rule, enactment, order, or policy promulgated or caused to be enforced in violation of this section may file suit against any county, agency, municipality, district, or other entity in any court of this state having jurisdiction over any defendant to the suit for declaratory and injunctive relief and for actual damages, as limited herein, caused by the violation. A court shall award the prevailing plaintiff in any such suit: 1. Reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in accordance with the laws of this state, including a contingency fee multiplier, as authorized by law; and 2. The actual damages incurred, but not more than $100,000. Interest on the sums awarded pursuant to this subsection shall accrue at the legal rate from the date on which suit was filed.

    (4) Exceptions.—This Section Does Not Prohibit:

    (a) Zoning ordinances that encompass firearms businesses along with other businesses, except that zoning ordinances that are designed for the purpose of restricting or prohibiting the sale, purchase, transfer, or manufacture of firearms or ammunition as a method of regulating firearms or ammunition are in conflict with this subsection and are prohibited;
    (b) A duly organized law enforcement agency from enacting and enforcing regulations pertaining to firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories issued to or used by peace officers in the course of their official duties;
    (c) Except as provided in s. 790.251, any entity subject to the prohibitions of this section from regulating or prohibiting the carrying of firearms and ammunition by an employee of the entity during and in the course of the employee’s official duties;
    (d) A court or administrative law judge from hearing and resolving any case or controversy or issuing any opinion or order on a matter within the jurisdiction of that court or judge; or
    (e) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from regulating the use of firearms or ammunition as a method of taking wildlife and regulating the shooting ranges managed by the commission. www.handgunlaw.us 13 (5) Short Title.—As created by chapter 87-23, Laws of Florida, this section may be cited as the “Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act.”

  • Florida Laws for Use of Deadly Force

    Chapter 776 Justifiable Use of Force

    776.012 Use of force in defense of person.
    776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.
    776.031 Use of force in defense of others.
    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.
    776.41 Use of force by aggressor.
    776.05 Law enforcement officers; use of force in making an arrest.
    776.051 Use of force in resisting arrest or making an arrest or in the execution of a legal duty; prohibition. 776.06 Deadly force.
    776.07 Use of force to prevent escape.
    776.08 Forcible felony.
    776.085 Defense to civil action for damages; party convicted of forcible or attempted forcible felony.
    776.087 Possession or use of weapon; aggravated battery; felony reclassification; minimum sentence.
    776.09 Retention of records pertaining to persons found to be acting in lawful self-defense; expunction of criminal history records.

  • State and City Laws for Carrying Knives

    There are no specific statutes regarding carrying knives.

  • Laws for Carrying Where Alcohol is Served

    It is permitted to carry firearms where alcohol is served per statute 790.06 (12).

  • Electric Weapons, Defensive Sprays and High Capacity Laws

    Stun Guns/Electric Weapons:

    790.001 (4)(b) Definitions. A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes. (Note: Non-Lethal is the word that makes this law)
    790.001 (3)(b) Definitions. www.handgunlaw.us 14 (b) "Tear gas gun" or "chemical weapon or device" means any weapon of such nature, except a device known as a "self-defense chemical spray." "Self-defense chemical spray" means a device carried solely for purposes of lawful self-defense that is compact in size, designed to be carried on or about the person, and contains not more than two ounces of chemical.

    790.01 Carrying Concealed Weapons. (4) It is not a violation of this section for a person to carry for purposes of lawful self-defense, in a concealed manner: (a) A self-defense chemical spray. (b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

  • Relevant Court Cases and Opinions

  • Additional Information and Airport Requirements

    Per statute 790.06 section 12 firearms cannot be carried inside the sterile area of the passenger terminal.

    There is no time limit on the validity of training.

    Residency is established one a Florida Driver’s license or identification is obtained.

    The minimum age for a permit is 21 or 18 for those in the armed forces.

    Permit information is not considered public information per 790.0601.

    State reciprocity rules are outlined in section 790.015.

    State firearms laws are outlined in sections 790.001 to .336.

    Deadly forces laws are included in sections 776.12 to .085.

    Knife laws are highlighted in sections 790-06, 18, 115, 225

    Chemical weapon laws are defined in sections 790.01.

    Body armor laws are outlined in 775.0846.

    Per statute 790.06 the permit does cover weapons other than firearms.

    Per statute 790.25 it is allowable to carry a weapon when hunting.

  • Supplemental Information

    There are no specific definitions in the State of Florida regarding what is a loaded firearm.

    Emergency powers for the state:

    Title XLVI Chapter 870 Affrays; Riots; Routs; Unlawful Assemblies

    870.044 Automatic Emergency Measures.—Whenever the public official declares that a state of emergency exists, pursuant to s. 870.043, the following acts shall be prohibited during the period of said emergency throughout the jurisdiction: (1) The sale of, or offer to sell, with or without consideration, any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size or description. (2) The intentional display, after the emergency is declared, by or in any store or shop of any ammunition or gun or other firearm of any size or description. (3) The intentional possession in a public place of a firearm by any person, except a duly authorized law enforcement official or person in military service acting in the official performance of her or his duty. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to authorize the seizure, taking, or confiscation of firearms that are lawfully possessed, unless a person is engaged in a criminal act.

    252.36 Emergency Management Powers of the Governor.— (Edited for Length) (h) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles. However, nothing contained in ss. 252.31-252.90 shall be construed to authorize the seizure, taking, or confiscation of firearms that are lawfully possessed, unless a person is engaged in the commission of a criminal act

    Note – Federal laws can trump state laws during a state of emergency or when the state is receiving specific funds.

    Note – The Governor can also put special controls in place or issue a proclamation on what defines an emergency.

  • Age Requirements for Carrying or Moving Firearms

    The minimum age to carry or transport a firearm is 18 years per 790.17.

  • Revisions

    6/1/15 – Initial page created.

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