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Florida Concealed Carry Q&A

This guide is intended to educate, you, and any other person who already does, or is considering carrying a firearm with them for self-defense. There is a lot of information in this guide but it is designed so you can read it through from beginning to end, or skip to a particular question which you may have. DISCLAIMER: This guide is meant as a general reference only; do not rely on this as legal advice.

  1. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARRYING A GUN IN FLORIDA
  2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM?
  3. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO GET A CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE?
  4. HOW LONG IS MY CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE VALID FOR?
  5. WHERE DO I NEED TO KEEP MY LICENSE?
  6. CAN I CARRY MY FIREARM OPENLY?
  7. CAN I CARRY MY CONCEALED FIREARM ANYWHERE?
  8. WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF HAVING A CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE?
  9. DO I HAVE TO HAVE A LICENSE TO CARRY A FIREARM?
  10. WHERE CAN I KEEP MY GUN IN MY CAR?

    This is a question commonly asked, but rarely able to be answered. You may keep, with or without a license, a firearm in your "private conveyance", otherwise known as a vehicle. Fl. Stat. s. 790.251(5) states "it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 21 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use." The important, and most often misunderstood, parts of this provision are the phrases "securely encased" and "not readily accessible".

    "Securely encased" means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access. Fl. Stat. 790.001(17) (emphasis added). An important note in the list underlined previously is that whatever you keep your gun in it must be closed but not necessarily locked.

    Now, there is the second option of storing your gun in your vehicle where it is not "readily accessible for immediate use". "readily accessible for immediate use" is when "a firearm or other weapon is carried on the person or within such close proximity and in such a manner that it can be retrieved and used as easily and quickly as if carried on the person." Fl. Stat. 7903001(16).

    Keep in mind, this statute does not require you to carry your firearm securely encased and not readily accessible for immediate use; the statute states that either way is lawful. Also, if you do have a concealed carry license, remember, that you can carry it in any place but for those listed previously.

  11. IS THERE ANY TIME I CANNOT CARRY MY GUN?
  12. CAN MY EMPLOYER TELL ME I AM NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY A GUN?
  13. WHAT STATES HAVE RECIPROCITY WITH FLORIDA?