While the possession and ownership of firearms is a right guaranteed by the second amendment of the United States Constitution, each state makes its own rules as to when, where and how citizens may possess them. Florida does allow you to carry concealed firearms, but only if you have the requisite license, which is only dispensed under the right circumstances.

How is a license to carry concealed firearms obtained?

 The Florida State Legislature states that as long as you do not suffer from a physical injury or disability that affects your ability to handle a weapon safely, you are at least 21 years old and you are a legal resident or citizen of the U.S., you may apply for a concealed carry license from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. However, if you have committed drug or alcohol-related offenses, you are a known abuser of alcohol or you are being treated for drug addiction to a controlled substance, you will not be issued a license.

What is required to get a concealed carry license?

 Even if you are an eligible person per the above, you must still complete a firearms safety course and be able to prove it with a certificate, whether it be a course through law enforcement or military education, the National Rifle Association or a hunter safety course. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission may also offer firearms safety courses in your area.

This article is meant to inform you about the process for obtaining a concealed carry license, and should not be viewed as legal advice.