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Florida’s Constitutional Carry: What You Need to Know

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Firm News

Are you a resident of Florida who wants to understand the implications of the state’s new constitutional carry law? Look no further. In this blog, we will walk you through what you need to know about Florida’s constitutional carry law. From what the law entails and who is eligible to conceal carry under it, to the key differences between the old concealed carry law and the new constitutional carry law. We will also address whether a permit is required to carry a firearm in the State of Florida and explore the concept of constitutional carry in detail. If you’re an out-of-state resident interested in carrying in Florida, we’ve got you covered too. Stay tuned as we dive into all the facts and myths surrounding Florida’s constitutional carry law HB-543.

What does Florida’s new constitutional carry law entail?

Florida’s new constitutional carry law permits eligible individuals, 21 years of age and above, to carry concealed firearms without a permit. However, federal restrictions on firearm possession and restricted areas such as polling place, a courthouse, still apply. Before carrying a firearm in Florida, it is crucial to understand the law and any local regulations.

Who is eligible to conceal carry under the new law?

Individuals who meet the age requirement of 21 years old or older and can otherwise legally allowed to possess a firearm, as well as active-duty United States military members who are 18 years old or older, are eligible to conceal carry under Florida’s constitutional carry law. However, those with certain criminal convictions or mental incapacitation are not eligible. When purchasing a firearm, a background check will still be utilized.

Key differences between the old concealed carry law and the new constitutional carry law

Florida’s transition from the old concealed carry law to the new constitutional carry law brings about significant changes for gun owners in the state. With the implementation of the constitutional carry law, individuals no longer need a concealed weapons permit to carry a firearm, as long as they meet specific criteria. This change expands the rights of gun owners, allowing them to carry firearms openly or concealed without a permit. It is essential to understand, however, that certain restrictions still apply. For instance, individuals are prohibited from carrying firearms in certain locations and those with prior felony or domestic violence convictions may face additional restrictions. Gun owners should familiarize themselves with the details of Florida’s constitutional carry law to ensure compliance and avoid legal issues.

Is a permit required to carry a firearm in Florida?

Taking effect July 1, 2021, the new concealed weapon law, formerly known as house bill 543, will allow permit-less concealed carry. However, it is crucial to understand that there are still restrictions in place which include prohibited locations, such as many public school district, bars and any other place of nuisance (such as a gentleman’s club), professional athletic event, most all sheriff stations and highway patrol station. Additionally, Tallahassee has made it clear that anyone violating federal law (this include those prescribed medical marijuana) are prohibited to carry.

Understanding the concept of constitutional carry

Explore the concept of constitutional carry in Florida by understanding its origins and implications. Constitutional carry entails the right to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, a departure from traditional concealed carry laws and a nod the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms. In Florida, the new law allows eligible individuals to carry firearms concealed, broadening gun owners’ rights. While a step in the right direction for gun ownership under Governor Desantis, open carry is still prohibited under the new gun laws. Gun training and gun safety courses should still be taken but are not required under the law.