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New Permitless Carry Law: Myth vs. Fact

June 29th, 2023 4:39 pm

On July 1, 2023, House Bill 543, commonly known as "Permitless Carry" goes into effect. This bill authorizes certain qualifying individuals to carry a concealed weapon or firearm in Florida without a concealed weapons or firearms license.

Things to consider...

  • You must carry your DL or Florida ID with you at all times and must present it when requested.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to conceal carry in Florida.
  • You must be a US Resident, Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien. 
  • Firearms are still prohibited in certain places. You may not carry a firearm in areas that a private business or property owner has prohibited them, or into any other prohibited area outlined in Florida Statutes Section 790.06, including but not limited to, schools, colleges or universities, bars, courthouses, and government meetings. 
  • You cannot be a convicted felon.
  • The new law does not change who can purchase a firearm or the waiting period to purchase a firearm. Licensed retailers must complete the appropriate paperwork for the buyer and provide the buyer's information to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where it is checked in the National Crime Information Center and the Florida Crime Information Center.
  • You may only conceal carry in other states if you possess your Florida Concealed Carry Permit and said state has a reciprocity agreement with Florida or said state has a permitless concealed carry law. To view a list of reciprocity agreements, visit https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Concealed-Weapon-License/Concealed-Weapon-License-Reciprocity.

Although you are not required to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon, you are still required to be responsible and educate yourself with the new law and practice gun safety.