Florida Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Florida.

In Florida, adults may purchase a gun without a license. (Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.053.) However, you may not openly carry firearms (except for lawful self defense), and must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body. (Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.01.) For more information, see  Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Florida.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License in Florida

Any person carrying a concealed handgun must also have in their possession a valid handgun license and identification. To obtain a concealed handgun license, you must apply through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To qualify, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • be at least 21 years old
  • be eligible to possess a firearm under Florida and federal law
  • demonstrate competence with a handgun
  • desire to carry a concealed weapon for the purpose of lawful self defense, and
  • submit a license fee of $70 (or $60 for a renewal), a full color photograph of yourself, proof of firearm competency, and a full set of fingerprints

Additionally, you must not:

  • suffer from a physical infirmity that would prevent you from safely handling a firearm
  • be a convicted felon
  • chronically and habitually use alcohol to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired
  • have been committed for the abuse of a controlled substance or found guilty of certain crimes involving controlled substances within the past three years
  • have been adjudicated as incapacitated or committed to a mental institution in the last five years
  • have had an adjudication of guilt for a domestic violence crime (misdemeanor or felony) withheld, or a sentence suspended, in the prior three years, and
  • have a current injunction or restraining order issued against you for domestic or other violence.

(Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.06.)

Does Florida Recognize Concealed Handgun Licenses From Other States?

Yes. Florida recognizes out-of-state licenses, as long the license holder is:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • is at least 21 years old
  • has in his or her immediate possession the valid out-of-state license, and
  • abides by Florida state laws and restrictions regarding concealed weapons.

(Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.015.)

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License

It is a third degree felony to carry a concealed handgun in Florida without a concealed carry permit. (Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.01.) Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, or both.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Florida, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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