Regulations for Purchasing a Gun or Firearm in FL
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:
- Must be 18 or older (21 or older for handguns)
- Must be a legal citizen of the United States
- 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.
The 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.