F A Q – Concealed Weapon Permit

  1. Do I need a Concealed Weapon Permit to carry a gun?
  2. Do I need a Concealed Weapon Permit to have a gun in the car?
  3. What is securely encased?
  4. How do I get a Concealed Weapon Permit?
  5. Do you issue the permit with the class?
  6. Where do I go to get my fingerprints?
  7. How much does it cost?
  8. How long is it good for?
  9. What does it let me do?
  10. Do I still need to do a background check if I have a Concealed Weapons Permit?
  11. Does the three day waiting period still apply to me if I have a Concealed Weapons Permit?
  12. Do I have to wait three days if I trade in a gun?
  13. Can I carry a gun anywhere I want?

Q: Do I need a Concealed Weapon Permit to carry a gun?
A: Yes. To carry a gun, concealed in the state of Florida, a person must absolutely obtain a Concealed Weapon Permit. There is no open carry in the state of Florida.

Q: Do I need a Concealed Weapon Permit to have a gun in the car?
A: Yes, if you wear it on you. No, if it is securely encased.

Q: What is securely encased?
A: Florida State Statute 790.001 “(17) “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.”

Q: How do I get a Concealed Weapon Permit?
A: Concealed Weapon Permits are issued by the state Division of Licensing, through the Department of Agriculture. The local Tampa number is 813.272.2552. To apply for the permit, a person must have one of the following: active military identification, honorable discharge papers from the military (DD214), a certification from an armed guard class, certification from a police academy, certification of completing the hunters safety course, or certification of taking a gun safety class held by an NRA Instructor. The NRA safety class could be a First Steps class or a Concealed Weapon Permit class, such as ours.

Contact the Division of Licensing to make an appointment to apply for the permit. You will need a check to pay (no cash, no credit or debit), a copy of your certification and your drivers license. they do the fingerprinting at the office, and they notarize your application.

Q: Do you issue the permit with the class?
A: No. The Division of Licensing issues the permit.

Q: Where do I go to get my fingerprints?
A: The Division of Licensing will do them at your appointment.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: $112.00

Q: How long is it good for?
A: Seven (7) years.

Q: What does it let me do?
A: A permit allows a person to carry a concealed weapon (see below for definition).

790.001(3)(a) “Concealed weapon” means any dirk, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of another person.

Permit holders don’t have to wait the three day waiting period to pick up their guns.

Q: Do I still need to do a background check if I have a Concealed Weapons Permit?
A: Everyone gets a background check. No exceptions. That’s the state law.

Q: Does the three day waiting period still apply to me if I have a concealed weapons permit?
A: No.

Q: Do I have to wait three days if I trade in a gun?
A: No.

Q: Can I carry a gun anywhere I want?
A: No.

Florida State Statute 790.06

(12)(a) A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into:

1. Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;

2. Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;

3. Any detention facility, prison, or jail;

4. Any courthouse;

5. Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his or her courtroom;

6. Any polling place;

7. Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district;

8. Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;

9. Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms;

10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building;

11. Any career center;

12. Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;

13. Any college or university facility unless the licensee is a registered student, employee, or faculty member of such college or university and the weapon is a stun gun or nonlethal electric weapon or device designed solely for defensive purposes and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile;

14. The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport, provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft; or

15. Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

(b) A person licensed under this section shall not be prohibited from carrying or storing a firearm in a vehicle for lawful purposes.

(c) This section does not modify the terms or conditions of s. 790.251(7).

(d) Any person who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.