The Florida Constitution imposes a mandatory three-day waiting period, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the retail purchase and delivery of any handgun.1 This waiting period does not apply to concealed weapons permit holders or to the “trade-in of another handgun.”2

The Florida Constitution also authorizes counties to enact three to five-day waiting periods, excluding weekends and legal holidays, in connection with the sale of any firearm occurring in or on “property to which the public has the right of access” within the county.3 This provision is directed at gun shows and other events open to the public outside of retail firearms establishments. Concealed weapons permit holders are not subject to such waiting periods when purchasing a firearm.4

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Fla. Const. art. I, § 8(b); Fla. Stat. § 790.0655(1). ⤴︎
  2. Fla. Const. art. I, § 8(b); Fla. Stat. § 790.0655(2). ⤴︎
  3. Fla. Const. art. VIII, § 5(b). “Sale” under this provision means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration for any firearm when any part of the transaction is conducted on property to which the public has the right of access. Id. ⤴︎
  4. Id. ⤴︎