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