Florida’s New Permitless Firearm Carry Law: What You Need to Know

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Criminal Law on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

Florida has recently made waves with its new permitless firearm carry law, generating both excitement and concerns among residents and visitors alike. In this post, we will delve into what this law allows and what it restricts, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the changes and their implications.

Embracing Freedom:

Florida’s new permitless firearm carry law grants eligible individuals the freedom to carry concealed firearms without the need for a state-issued permit. This development has been met with enthusiasm from gun rights advocates who see it as an extension of their Second Amendment rights. The law promotes individual empowerment, allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense more easily.

Who Can Carry:

While the new law relaxes permit requirements, it’s crucial to understand that it does not grant unrestricted access to everyone. Only individuals who are at least 21 years old and legally allowed to possess a firearm are eligible to carry concealed firearms without a permit. It’s essential to remember that other state and federal laws regarding the possession and transportation of firearms still apply, so responsible gun ownership and adherence to these laws remain paramount.

Location Limitations:

While the permitless carry law provides more freedom, it’s essential to recognize that certain locations remain off-limits for carrying firearms. Examples of restricted areas include schools, government buildings, law enforcement facilities, polling places, and private properties with no firearm policies. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with these restrictions and ensure compliance to avoid legal consequences. See Florida Statute 790.06(12) for a full list of places that you cannot bring a firearm. 

Enhanced Responsibilities:

With great freedom comes increased responsibility. While the permitless carry law may make it easier for eligible individuals to carry concealed firearms, it’s imperative to remember that responsible gun ownership is paramount. Understanding firearm safety, undergoing proper training, and respecting others’ rights and feelings of safety are all integral components of being a responsible firearm carrier. Taking these responsibilities seriously ensures a safer environment for everyone.


Potential Concerns:

Critics of the permitless carry law have expressed concerns about potential risks associated with the easier accessibility of firearms. However, it’s important to note that Florida has implemented extensive background check requirements when purchasing firearms, which serve as a preventative measure against unlawful possession.


Florida’s new permitless firearm carry law has undoubtedly sparked both interest and concerns within the community. While it allows eligible individuals to exercise their Second Amendment rights more easily, it is crucial to remember that responsible gun ownership, respect for restricted areas, and adherence to existing laws remain essential. By embracing freedom and enhanced responsibilities, we can strive to maintain a balance that ensures the safety and well-being of all Floridians.