Florida State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012


View a comprehensive summary of new state laws enacted in 2013 and 2014.



Among other things, Florida:

  • Requires a three-day waiting period prior to purchase of a handgun;
  • Imposes liability upon persons who fail to secure their firearms to make them inaccessible to children; and
  • Prohibits the transfer or possession of certain types of ammunition.

Florida does not, however:

Local governments in Florida generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a license to carry a concealed weapon to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.

In 2010, Florida had the 21st highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. That year, Florida was a net importer of crime guns — guns originally purchased in another state that were recovered after being used in a crime in Florida. Florida had the 29th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states.

Florida Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Florida, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.