Florida State Firearm Restrictions
We will not ship firearms to a third party to be modified or changed in any way from manufactured specifications. The firearm you purchase must be compliant AS IS from the manufacturer before we will ship.
Information regarding State and local restrictions, and laws and ordinances presented on this page are accurate to the best of our knowledge at the present time.
Laws and ordinances for firearms, ammunition, and certain other items are however, subject to change, without notice to us.
- Convicted of a felony (or equivalent)
- Fugitive from justice
- Unlawful user or addicted to a controlled substance
- Adjudicated mentally defective or involuntarily committed to treatment
- Illegal alien
- Dishonorable discharge from the US Armed Forces
- Renounced United States citizenship
- Active protection order (restraining order, injunction for protection, etc.)
- Convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
- Under indictment or information for a felony
In addition to federal law, Florida law prohibits persons who:
- Are adjudicated delinquent of a crime that would have been a felony if committed by an adult until the age of 24 or until record is expunged.
- Receive “Adjudication Withheld” on any felony or on a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and three years has not yet lapsed since the completion of sentencing provisions.
- were recently arrested for a potentially disqualifying crime which has not been dismissed or disposed of in court.
What are the requirements to purchase a firearm in Florida?
- Must be 21 years of age. Rifles and shotguns may be purchased by a person who is at least 18 when that person is a law enforcement officer or correctional officer as defined in F.S. 943.10 or service member as defined in F.S. 250.01.
- Must be a Florida resident to purchase a handgun. Long guns may be purchased by persons who are residents of other states so long as the sale complies with applicable laws in the purchaser’s state of residence.
- Legal permanent resident aliens who are Florida residents may purchase a firearm and must provide a valid alien registration number. Non-resident aliens visiting Florida must present a border crossing number (I-94) and a valid exception document .
- Florida does not require a permit to purchase a firearm nor is there a permit that exempts any person from the background check requirement.
- There is a waiting period of three days, excluding weekends and state holidays, between purchase and delivery of all firearms. Individual counties and cities have the authority to enact local ordinances extending the waiting period to as much as five days. Please consult local ordinances for more detailed information.
- There is no limit to the number of firearms that may be transferred in a single transaction. The transaction is considered complete once the dealer has completed and signed the ATF Form 4473. An additional transfer (whether minutes later, the next day, or the next month) requires an additional background check.
LAW ENFORCEMENT EXEMPTIONS
The following are exempt from minimum age 21 for Long gun transfers:
– Law Enforcement officers, Corrections, Active Military as defined in Florida Statutes 943.10 (1), (2), (3),
(6), (7), (8), or (9) see here.
– a service member as defined in s.250.01 see here.
are EXEMPT from long gun (only) restriction minimum age of 21.
– (“Handguns” and “Other” firearms must still be minimum age 21 for transfer).