What changes are in Florida’s revised Florida Statute 790.00 – “Permitless Carry” law?
Off the top, it should be understood that the changes in Florida concealed carry weapons law (Florida Statute 790.oo) makes it legal for law-abiding citizens, 21 years of age or older, to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon, on one’s person, in public without a license or formal training.
Florida’s “permitless carry” law will not go into effect until July 1, 2023.
Until such time, anyone desiring to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon is required to have a conceaeled carry license or permit recognized by the state of Florida. Failure do so is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
What it is and what it isn’t
- It is permitless carry not Constitutional carry.
- It does not permit the open carrying of a firearm or other weapon.
- A person must be a minimum of 21 years of age to legally carry a concealed firearm or other weapon on one’s person.
- No license or permit is required to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon in public.
- No formal training is required to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon in public.
- No fingerprinting or other background check is required to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon in public.
- Official, State issued identification must be carried on one’s person while carrying a concealed firearm or other weapon. That identification must be presented upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
Gun Free Zones
Those venues that were gun free zones prior to the law change remain gun free zones.
Those venues include, but are not limited to:
- Government buildings where government business is conducted
- Public and private school property
- School sponsored events
- Federal buildings and federal installations
- Law enforcement headquarters, substations or offices
- Polling places
- Organized sporting events
- Private property where firearms or other weapons are prohibited
Florida’s Concealed Carry Weapon License – Still Available
Florida’s concealed carry licensing process remains in effect and licenses are available through the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Why would you want a Florida concealed carry weapon and firearm license?
- Florida’s concealed carry weapon and firearm license is recognized in 37 states, allowing a license holder to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon in 36 other states.
- Possessing a Florida concealed carry weapon and firearm license allows a gun buyer to avoid the manditory 3-day waiting period when purchasing a firearm.
- Posssessing a Florida concealed carry weapon and firearm license provides positve identification when carrying a concealed weapon.