Posted on Jul 18th 2023
Florida is one of our nation's most firearm-friendly states, but that doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. The United States Constitution allows states to restrict how firearms can be utilized to preserve public safety. Recently, the concealed carry law in Florida changed, and residents and non-residents of the state are no longer required to have a concealed carry permit in order to have a concealed weapon. However, residents and non-residents still must be able to follow the rules of appropriate concealed carrying and be qualified to do so.
While you are no longer required to carry a permit in Florida, it is advisable to obtain a permit if an individual intends to carry their weapon outside the state. Additionally, it is essential to know what qualifies someone to carry a weapon to avoid legal trouble.
To qualify for a permit in Florida, individuals must:
Certain circumstances automatically disqualify individuals from carrying a weapon. Individuals cannot carry a weapon if they do not meet any of the above qualifications, but also if they:
For a full range of guidelines, please review the resources available on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website.
The following are some of the circumstances in which you may carry a firearm in Florida:
It is important to note that there are designated areas in which, regardless of whether or not the weapon is concealed, carrying a firearm is prohibited. These places include (but are not limited to):
This is a partial list of places where it is not permitted to carry a weapon. You can find a complete list online from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Carrying a firearm or other weapon is an important responsibility. You want to do so safely and within the bounds of Palm Beach County law so you don't find yourself in trouble. If you have any questions or if you have found yourself in a position where you are being charged with a firearm-related crime, contact Peterford Law for help. With thousands of firearm law-related cases and years of experience, you will have the best possible team supporting you in building your case. Contact Peterford Law today for a free consultation.Request Consultation