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Floridians embrace permitless carry starting July 1st, but mind the fine print!

Florida becomes the 26th state to adopt permitless carry; however, exceptions and restrictions apply

Florida residents will soon have the freedom to permitless carry, which means they can conceal carry weapons without a permit, as Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 543 into law, making Florida the 26th state to adopt permitless carry. While this change brings new possibilities, residents need to understand the rules and exceptions that accompany the law.

Let’s get into the details to ensure that Floridians are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to conceal carrying weapons.

What is permitless carry?

Conceal carry refers to the practice of publicly carrying a legally owned firearm that is hidden from view. Previously, Florida required special training and a permit for conceal carry. However, with the implementation of permitless carry, also known as constitutional carry, residents can now conceal carry weapons without permits, licensing, or training. This significant change aligns Florida with other states that have already adopted similar laws.

A person keeping a gun in a bag

Where you can and can't conceal carry

While permitless carry grants residents greater freedom, it's crucial to be aware of the places where conceal carrying weapons is restricted. The law outlines a lengthy list of prohibited locations, including places that are considered nuisances, law enforcement facilities, courthouses, schools, and airports. It's important to familiarize yourself with these restrictions to avoid any legal consequences when carrying concealed weapons.

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