An Overview Of Florida’s Laws On Possession Of Firearms And Carrying Concealed Firearms

Florida’s Laws on Possession of Firearms and Carrying Concealed FirearmsThe Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. However, each state has the authority to regulate the possession and carrying of firearms within its borders. The following is an overview of Florida’s laws on possessing firearms and carrying a  concealed firearm.

Possession of Firearms

In Florida, virtually everyone who is an adult can legally purchase or possess a firearm. However, there are certain restrictions in place for certain individuals.

It is illegal for a person to possess a firearm if they:

  • Have been convicted of a felony.
  • Have been committed to a mental institution.
  • Are subject to an injunction for protection against domestic violence.
  • Are a minor under the age of 18.

Additionally, it is illegal to possess or discharge a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Fla. Stat. § 790.151).

Carrying Concealed Firearms

Florida law allows for the carrying of concealed firearms with a valid concealed weapon or firearm license. To obtain a concealed weapon or firearm license, an individual must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Be a resident of Florida or a member of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Florida.
  • Comply with a background check.
  • Complete a firearms safety and training course.

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Prohibited Places

It is important to note that there are certain places where carrying a concealed firearm is prohibited, even with a valid concealed weapon or firearm license. These include:

  • School and college campuses.
  • Government buildings.
  • Polling places on election days.
  • Places of worship (unless express permission is given).
  • Airports.
  • Bars and establishments that serve alcohol.

It is also important to note that private property owners have the right to prohibit the carrying of firearms on their property, so it is important for individuals to be aware of any posted signs or notices regarding firearms.

Open Carry

Furthermore, it is illegal to openly carry a firearm in Florida (Fla. Stat. § 790.053). However, certain exceptions apply to individuals carrying firearms in their own homes, on their own property, or while engaged in hunting or fishing.

Consequences of Violating Florida’s Firearm Laws

Violating Florida’s firearm laws can result in serious criminal charges, including fines and imprisonment. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, for example, is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison (Fla. Stat. § 790.23). Carrying a concealed weapon without a valid concealed weapon or firearm license is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison (Fla. Stat. § 790.01).

Speak to a Florida Firearms Attorney

Florida’s laws on the possession of firearms and carrying concealed firearms can be complex and confusing. If you have any questions or concerns about these laws or if you have been charged with a firearms-related offense, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified attorney. Our law firm has a team of experienced attorneys who can assist you with any legal issues related to firearms.

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