Important CCW Reciprocity Information for Florida Residents and Visitors
Here is a summary of some of the important points about ccw reciprocity between Florida and other states. Discussed are special notes about Florida licenses, where that permit will be honored and why it might not be honored even if there is a reciprocity agreement in place, and what states’ permits are
honored while a person is traveling in Florida.
Keep in mind that CCW reciprocity rules can change quickly and should always be verified when you are traveling from your home state to another state.
Florida Concealed Carry Permit
Florida’s permit that allows one to carry a concealed weapon is called a “Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.” This license applies to many different types of concealed weapons, including handguns, pistols, stun guns, knives and billy clubs.
It is possible for a person living in another state to apply for and receive a non-resident license in Florida.
Florida also offers a Class “G” Statewide Firearms License. This license allows people to carry a weapon as part of their job, and is typically issued to private investigators or security officers. Reciprocity agreements do not apply to this license and so it is not recognized by other states.
Florida Permits Honored in Other States
Currently 35 states in the union recognize the Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License due to CCW reciprocity agreements. Not all of these states recognize every type of permit that Florida issues, or they may have specific limitations on what they accept in their state. It is critical to check with the state you will be visiting before you presume that your Florida permit will be valid exactly as it would be in the Sunshine State.
Most states with ccw reciprocity agreements with Florida only recognize the license as it applies to handguns and pistols. Several states do not honor Florida licenses issued to non-residents. If you are planning to travel to Alabama then it is especially advisable to check with the local authority if you have a Florida non-resident license: there is debate at this time about whether or not the reciprocity agreement extends to non-resident license holders.
Will My Permit Be Honored While Visiting Florida?
The CCW Reciprocity law in Florida is written so that Florida will honor permits from another state, as long as that state honors her licenses. This came to play when Nevada decided in 2009 to no longer honor Florida’s licenses, at which time Florida law no longer recognizes permits issued by Nevada.
Florida law also stipulates that the license holder must carry their license with them whenever they carry a concealed weapon. The state of Vermont does not issue a permit or license, therefore a Vermonter would not have one to carry with them. This means that no one from Vermont can concealed carry while visiting Florida.
Even if you have a valid permit from a state that has a ccw reciprocity agreement with Florida, it does not mean that your permit is automatically honored there.
For example, several states allow permits to be issued to citizens who are 18 years old. Since Florida law requires a permit holder to be at least 21 years of age, any state permit issued to an individual 20 years old or younger is not valid in Florida.
Similarly, Florida does not recognize non-resident permits issued by other states. The only permit Florida will recognize is one issued by the state where you live.
Visiting Florida without a Permit
If you are planning a trip to Florida and you wish to carry a concealed weapon and you happen to live in one of the 15 states that does not have a CCW reciprocity agreement with Florida then you may wish to apply to get a non-resident permit.