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Overview for Florida

Florida has more lenient gun laws than most states.

Florida’s gun laws specifically their stand your ground laws have come under intense scrutiny after the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Florida’s stand your ground law goes farther than the other states that have stand your ground laws leading to criticism about the policy. Click here for an article on the Zimmerman trial.

Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) does not allow citizens, convicted of a felony with a prison sentence over a year to own firearms. This includes hand guns, and long guns. Many states allow convicted felons to own firearms after a certain amount of time has passed, (usually 10 years or more) since the end of their sentence, and/or if they are given a full pardon by certain authority figures (Governors, President, etc.) Florida does not allow convicted felons to own firearms unless their civil rights have been restored.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
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Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry No No
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Florida.

Florida Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Florida Magazine Capacity


Florida Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in Florida?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in Florida:

Does Florida have a gun buy back program?

Florida does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

Numerous cities have hosted their own buy back events including Tampa and Miami.

Does Florida have an inheritance gun law?

Yes, Florida has an inheritance gun law.

Florida FAQ

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