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Regulations for Purchasing a Gun or Firearm in FL

Purchasing a Gun in FL - Miami FL Gun Laws

Buying a Gun in the State of Florida

Buying a gun isn’t like it once was. You can’t just walk into a gun shop nowadays, pick out the piece you want and walk out the door. Today, many regulations govern your ability to purchase a firearm in Florida. The key regulations are:

  1. Must be 18 or older (21 or older for handguns)
  2. Must be a legal citizen of the United States
  3. Must be mentally competent to handle a firearm

If you’re thinking about buying a gun, read below to learn things that can or will prevent you from being a lawful firearms owner.

Convicted of a felony: Convicted felons may not purchase firearms in Florida.

Current felony or misdemeanor warrant: If you’re running from the law, forget about buying a gun.

Substance addiction: Guns are not sold to individuals who are addicted to legal or illegal mind-altering substances.

Found to be mentally incompetent: This could be for psychiatric or genetic reasons.

Illegal alien: Only United States citizens may purchase firearms.

Military dishonorable discharge: This status may interfere with the purchase of a gun.

Under a restraining order: The State of Florida usually won’t allow you to buy a gun if you’re already seen as a threat.

State of Florida Gun Laws - Buying a Gun in FLThe regulations above affect the purchase of any type of firearm in the state of Florida. Regulations exist also for the purchase of a long gun (rifle or shotgun). Although you must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the U.S., buying a long gun doesn’t involve fingerprinting or a wait time. (You will have a three-day wait for pickup when buying a handgun.)

Once you have lawfully bought your gun, if you want to carry it as a concealed weapon, you’ll need a permit. VSS Security & Firearms Academy of Miami provides a specialized course to earn your Concealed Weapons Permit. No permit is necessary for a firearm that won’t be carried in a concealed fashion.

Check out the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website for complete information about buying a gun in Florida.

VSS Security & Firearms Academy provides a variety of courses to help people pursue careers in armed and unarmed security. We also offer weapons training and certification courses, all overseen by qualified instructors. Get a great start to a rewarding career by calling (786) 801-1151.

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