USLS: Does Florida law require background checks to carry a concealed weapon?
D&J: “To legally carry a handgun in a concealed manner on an individual’s person, he or she must possess a Florida concealed weapons or firearms license. To obtain a concealed weapons or firearms license from the State of Florida, an individual must pass a background check. Florida law does allow a person to carry a concealed handgun in the interior of a private conveyance without a concealed weapon or firearms license if the handgun is either securely encased or not readily accessible. Since a handgun can be carried in the interior of a private conveyance without a concealed weapons or firearms license, a background check is not required under this circumstance.”
USLS: Since it’s not overly difficult to get a concealed carry permit, are law enforcement officers in Florida accustomed to the carrying of firearms on the street, or in a private conveyance?
D&J: “Due to the fact that Florida has issued over 2.3 million concealed weapons or firearms licenses and is considered a gun-friendly state, law enforcement officers have become more accustomed to firearms being carried in public. Furthermore, since Florida law allows for the carry of a concealed handgun in the interior of a private conveyance without a concealed weapon or firearms license if it is either securely encased or not readily accessible, law enforcement officers just assume that there is a gun in the car when they make a traffic stop.”
USLS: It really is interesting how the legal landscape can influence gun culture from place to place. Would you say that laws in Florida conflict with, or go beyond federal law in any way?
D&J: “To purchase a firearm in the State of Florida, one must be at least 21 years of age. This age requirement applies to both long guns and handguns. This differs from federal law, which requires an individual to be at least 18 years old to purchase a long gun and 21 years or older to purchase a handgun.”
USLS: Does the Department of Agriculture in the state of Florida regulate guns carried for a lawful purpose?
D&J: “No, the Department of Agriculture does not regulate guns carried for lawful purposes in the State of Florida. The only firearm related issue regulated by the Department of Agriculture is the issuance of concealed weapons or firearm license along with other licensing issues such as private security guards, private investigators, etc.”
USLS: Can I carry a concealed firearm while hunting, fishing, or doing other outdoor activities?
D&J: “Florida law allows an individual to carry a handgun openly or in a concealed manner, regardless of whether that person possess a concealed weapons or firearms license while engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting, including traveling directly to and from such activity. This also applies while traveling to and from and while engaged in target practice and while a person is outside on their own property that they reside on.”
USLS: That’s everything we have time for, but we really appreciate your taking the time to speak with us, and hopefully help someone not run afoul of Florida Law. Thank you!
D&J: “Absolutely, thanks for giving us the chance to help.”
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