The state of Florida is a shall issue state, meaning citizens are required to hold a license in order to carry a concealed handgun. Both residents and non-residents are issued concealed carry licenses. Though convicted felons have very few rights to gun possession, Florida is generally considered compliant in terms of gun laws, as Florida’s concealed weapon license is widely recognized across 35 different states in the U.S.
The state of Florida also recognizes licenses from any other state which recognizes Florida’s license, if and only if the non-resident individual is a resident of the other state and over 21 years old. The individual may be under 21 if he or she is a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces. There are a few specific areas in which concealed carry is prohibited, including polling places, schools, police stations, courthouses, career centers, college or university, etc. Anywhere deemed illegal by federal standards is also under Florida law.
Open carry is illegal in the state of Florida if one is on foot in a public area, though it is permitted while hunting, fishing, camping, shooting, or at gun shows. It is also permitted when going to and from these events or activities. This law is currently being challenged in Court, though following the Las Vegas shooting, President Trump will not be making changes to gun control laws.
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