Illegal possession of a firearm in Florida is a serious offense. Use of a deadly weapon while committing a crime can be treated as a felony and result in harsh penalties and jail time.
Does the New Law Affect Firearm Purchases?
Gun purchasing eligibility criteria remain the same. No permit or training is needed for purchases. Background checks for firearm purchases, mandated by federal and state laws, continue. However, the difference lies in removing the background check and training requirement for concealed carry permits post-purchase.
Florida's limitations on carrying a legally owned firearm extend to several places, including:
- Police, sheriff, or highway patrol stations
- Courthouses, courtrooms, and polling places
- Schools or non-firearm-related college events
- School administrative buildings, from elementary to university campuses
- Establishments primarily serving alcohol
- Locations prohibited by federal law
The permitless concealed carry law's current restrictions on carrying firearms in specific places remain unaffected.