2016 FLORIDA GUN LAWS
1. Florida is a “shall issue state-granting authority” has no discretion in whether or not to issue a license once limited criteria are met.
3. FL recognizes licenses from other states (which have mutual recognition agreement} provided the non-resident person is at least 21 years of age (unless that person is a veteran or a member of the armed forces).
4. Convicted felons have few rights to gun possession.
5. There is no state requirement to have a license prior to purchase of any gun.
6. It is a felony under FL law to create, maintain or publish any list, record or registry of legally owned firearms of law-abiding firearm owners.
7. No license or registration of guns is required for gun ownership.
8. There is no law limiting ownership of assault weapons or limiting magazine capacity.
9. Concealed Weapons Licenses are issued for side arms but not for long guns. Open carry is illegal except for hunting, fishing, camping or practice shooting.
10. FL state laws preempts local restrictions. (See #18 above)
11. Background checks are not required for private sales. Private sales are not processed through the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) agency.
12. There is no legal requirement for anyone with a concealed weapon to disclose possession to law enforcement.
13. Concealed weapons are prohibited in the following specifically-defined areas:
a. places of nuisance
b. police, sheriff or highway patrol stations
c. detention facilities, prisons, or jails
d. courthouses (judges may carry and/or allow such)
e. polling places
f. at meetings of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality or special district
g. at any meeting of the Legislature or subcommittee
h. K-12 schools or administrative buildings during session
j. colleges or universities except when stored in vehicles
k. airports and seaports, unless stored as baggage
l. any place off limits by federal law
m. Walt Disney World Resorts (due to their fireworks license)
n. any hospital or mental health facility
Florida does not have laws prohibiting firearms in:
b. places of worship
c. sports arenas or gambling facilities