Florida is considered what is called a “Shall Issue” state and will issue concealed carry permits to residents and non-residents that meet the requirements. Florida concealed carry permitsare issued by the Department of Agriculture Division of Licensing and the information regarding the program and the application is available by visiting their website: http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/index.html
How To Apply for a Florida Concealed Carry License
Concealed Weapon Permit (or Concealed Carry Firearms) applications are available through the above-mentioned website or by contacting one the state’s regional offices (also on the site).
The minimum eligibility requirements for the license are:
• Applicants must be at least 21 years of age or be a servicemember. Veterans under 21 are eligible if they were discharged under honorable conditions
• Applicants must meet citizenship and residency requirements
• Proof of certificate of completion from a firearms training class or other acceptable document that evidences competency with a firearm
• The applicant must not have a disqualifying criminal record
Where Can I Carry a Concealed Weapon in Florida?
The reason most people get a concealed weapons permit is so they can carry around weapons legally. There are some restrictions to this permit and there are locations that are off-limits. Instead of naming the locations where it is legal to carry your firearm it is easier to name the places that are restricted.
Places you cannot carry a concealed weapon:
• Police, sheriff or highway patrol stations
• Jails and other detention facilities including courthouses and courtrooms
• Any polling place
• Meeting places such as a governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
• Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
• Schools including administration buildings, elementary, college or university
• Inside airports
You are allowed to carry your weapon on you or in a “securely encased” state in your automobile. This means that you can carry in your glovebox or center console as long as they shut. Your firearm can be loaded and NOT in a holster.
What is the state’s definition of a concealed weapon?
Florida Statute 790.06 defines concealed weapons or firearms as those carried in a manner that conceals them from the ordinary sight of another person.
• electronic weapons or devices
• tear gas guns
Where Do I Find Laws Regarding the Use of Deadly Force for Lawful Self-Defense?
Chapter 776, Florida Statute explains the Florida law pertaining to the justifiable use of force. A concealed weapons permit does not give the license holder the discretionary authority to use their weapon. Firearm owners should be aware of the Statute so that they are familiar with how the law reacts when they use their weapons with deadly force.
Florida’s concealed carry permit laws explained with resources of how to apply and the firearms that are covered under this permit.