State Law Background

Among other things, Florida:

  • Requires a three-day waiting period prior to purchase of a handgun;
  • Imposes liability upon persons who fail to secure their firearms to make them inaccessible to children; and
  • Prohibits the transfer or possession of certain types of ammunition.

Florida does not, however:

Local governments in Florida generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a license to carry a concealed weapon to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.

In 2016, Florida had the 26th highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. Florida was a net exporter of crime guns in 2016, ranking 33th highest in its rate of crime gun exports that year.

Florida Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Florida, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.