Some states place limitations on firearm possession and sales. These are the restriction on firearms in Florida:

  • The Child Access Prevention Law - Florida requires owners to store guns in a place not readily available to minors under 16. If a child obtains an improperly stored gun the adult owner is criminally liable. Florida does not require child-safety locks to be sold with guns.
  • Juvenile Possession Law - Florida bars possession of handguns by people under 18 years old.
  • Juvenile Sale/Transfer Law - This law bars or restricts the sale or transfer of specified guns to youth. In Florida you have to be 18 for all firearms.

Does Florida require Background Checks?

The waiting period is 3 days for all handgun sales by a dealer. The waiting period is used to run background checks and to serve as a "cooling off" period. At gun shows there is no requirement of background checks if they are sold by "private" individuals or gun "collectors". However counties may impose a waiting period of 5 days, and require buyers at gun show to go through a background check.

Is it Illegal to Carry a Concealed Weapon?

No, there is no restriction on carrying concealed handguns.

Does Florida Require a License to Possess Firearms?

No, there is no requirement to purchase or own a firearm.

Does Florida Have a Ban on Assault Weapons?

No, there is no ban or limitation on assault weapons. Federal law does prevent the sale of some assault weapons, but this federal law will expire in 2004 unless Congress renews it.