Florida Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Florida

After the most recent mass shooter incident in Florida, the gun laws changed quite a bit. You must be of legal drinking age, 21 to buy a gun in Florida now. The new law imposes a 3-day waiting period before the purchase of a weapon. Bump stocks are illegal in Florida too. Florida’s gun laws include an Extreme Risk protection order that authorities may use to block the purchase of a gun for someone who displays unusual or violent behavior and poses a risk to others of themselves. If you have ever been labeled “mentally defective” you will not be able to purchase or possess any firearms. Additionally, parents of young children will face extreme punishment if they fail to secure all guns and prevent children from accessing them. Although Florida does not require registration for any types of firearms, they do prohibit some types of ammunition. There are also regulations when purchasing assault weapons and you can only buy a limited number of them at one time.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • No Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-Residents License issued to
  • 1,784,395 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 36 # of states that honor Florida license
  • 35 # of state licenses that Florida honors
  • 7 Years license is valid
  • 97 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Florida’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Florida CCW Reciprocity Map

Florida offers reciprocity to those states that honor their licenses. Currently these states allow a Florida gun permit for residents:

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, and Wyoming. For non-residents, these states allow Florida concealed carry weapon permits: 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, and Wyoming.

Florida honors permits from these thirty-five states:

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, and Wyoming.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Florida Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Florida is a “Shall Issue” state and permits are regulated by the state, not the local government. Florida does issue permits to both residents and non-residents. Florida does not allow any open carry except in particular situations. Florida’s carry license is expansive and covers not just guns but also tear gas, knives and other weapons. Although the carry permit allows you to have your gun with you in most situations, there is a list of areas where you cannot take a weapon such as schools, jail, prison or police stations. You also cannot carry firearms into polling stations, courthouses, schools, athletic events, government building or meeting place, secure area of an airport, universities or any place that sells or serves alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a gun permit in Florida, you must be at least twenty-one years old. You also need to complete a handgun safety course. You must be a legal U.S. citizen and reside within the U.S. You cannot have any felony or misdemeanors for violent crimes on your record either. You will not be approved for a gun permit if you have more than DUI in the previous three years. The Florida CCW costs $95 and is good for seven years.

Florida Gun Background Check

Florida imposes a three-day waiting period on the purchase of any new guns, but you are not limited to how many you can purchase at one time. You must be 21 to purchase firearms unless you are a member of the military and then you can buy them when you are 18. Private sales of guns are not subject to a background check. Florida does require background checks at the state level, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) performs them. They are also a “point of sale” for the federal government. When purchasing a gun, you must fill out an application and provide a valid photo ID. Upon approval and the waiting period, you can then buy.

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  • Handguns
  • Long Guns
  • Total

FL CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry 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

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Decide which method you will submit your application with, either fast track or mail.
  3. Fast track applications can be made at; Regional Offices Tax Collectors Offices You will need to make an appointment.
  4. When you arrive for your appointment you will be directed to a computer station where you can complete an electronic version of the application form.
  5. Staff will then scan your fingerprints and take your photo.
  6. You may be required by some counties to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgement.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

CCW Renewal

  • About 150 days before your license expires you should receive a renewal notice.
  • You can mail the form back or make an online renewal.
  • Renewals can be made up to 180 days after the expiration date.
  • If the permit has expired more than 180 days after the expiration date applicants will need to apply for a new permit.
  • Mailing Address: Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Renewal Division of Licensing P.O. Box 6387 Tallahassee, FL 323146387

FL Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Individual - Resident | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$97.00 (Inclusive of a $42.00 fingerprint processing fee)$45.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00$39 - $65Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Individual - Non-Resident | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$97.00 (Inclusive of a $42.00 fingerprint processing fee)$87.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Florida Law Enforcement Officer | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$55.00$45.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Florida Law Enforcement Officer (retired within 1 year) | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$0.00$30.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Florida Retired Law Enforcement Officer (retired more than 1 year) | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$72.00$30.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Judge (active) | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$0.00$0.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12
Consular Security Official | Concealed firearm license (handguns)$300.00$300.00Duplication/Revised Fee: $15.00$42.00Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees:
New Applications: $22
Renewals: $12

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Florida

AllowedForbidden
State parksAny police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
State and national forestsAny detention facility, prison, or jail
Road side rest areasAny courthouse or courtroom
VehicleAny polling place
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny 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

Florida CCW Contact

Florida Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6687
City:Tallahassee, FL 32314
Phone:(850) 245-5691

CCW Licensing Offices in Florida

Miami-Dade Regional Office

Office Address
7743 NW 48th St. Suite 100, Doral, FL 33166

Phone
(305) 639-3500

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Fort Walton Regional Office

Office Address
111 Racetrack Rd. NW, Unit 111-C, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Phone
(850) 344-0300

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Jacksonville Regional Office

Office Address
7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite. 123-A, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Phone
(904) 828-3100

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North Port Regional Office

Office Address
4451 Aidan Lane, Suite 102, North Port, FL 34287

Phone
(941) 240-3160

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Orlando Regional Office

Office Address
1707 Orlando Central Pkwy, Suite 150, Orlando, FL 32809

Phone
(407) 888-8700

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Plantation Regional Office

Office Address
7800 Peters Rd, Suite C100, Plantation, FL 33324

Phone
(954) 308-4040

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Tallahassee Regional Office

Office Address
1925 Capital Circle, NE Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone
(850) 412-2022

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Tampa Regional Office

Office Address
Interstate Business Park 4510 Oak Fair Blvd., Ste. 100 Tampa, FL 33610

Phone
(813) 337-5377

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Counties in Florida