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Florida’s new law regarding the carrying of concealed weapons without having a government permit is in effect as of July 1, 2023.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd discusses the new law in a video released on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube) today.
View the video on YouTube here.
The PCSO website also provides detailed information about who can and cannot carry a concealed weapon in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section at https://www.polksheriff.org/about/faqs
“I urge everyone who plans to take advantage of their right to carry a concealed weapon in Florida to familiarize themselves with the law. There are still some restrictions and guidelines having to do with who is eligible and where firearms can be carried. I encourage anyone who wants to own, possess, or carry a concealed firearm to become familiar with that weapon—learn how to safely handle it and fire it. And always make sure you carry and store firearms safely and securely.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff
Among the requirements and rules that are important to know:
- Anyone carrying concealed MUST also carry a valid identification on them and produce that ID upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
- The firearm MUST be concealed at all times. Open carry is still against the law in Florida (with exceptions where you are actively fishing, camping, hunting, or target shooting, or traveling to or from these activities).
- Previous restrictions regarding who is eligible to carry a firearm basically remains the same (eg: must be 21 or older, cannot have been convicted of a felony, etc.) and where you cannot carry a concealed firearm (eg: schools, bars, courthouses, etc.).