After the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida passed a package of gun safety bills that raised its score from an F to a C- on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The laws include raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, requiring a three-day waiting period on purchases from dealers, and creating an extreme risk protection order law. In 2017, Florida had the 28th-highest gun death rate in the country and the 35th-highest rate of crime gun exports. To save lives from gun violence, Florida legislators could require a background check on all firearm sales, expand domestic violence firearm prohibitions to include dating partners, and direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in underserved communities.

State Law Background

Among other things, Florida:

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.