You may be wondering what you need to do in order to obtain your concealed weapons permit in Florida. We are here to answer a few of your questions.

concealed_weapons_permitWho is eligible to obtain their concealed weapons permit in Florida?

Anyone over the age of 21 who can demonstrate competency with a firearm.

What could possible prevent someone from obtaining their concealed weapons permit in Florida?

  • The physical inability to handle a firearm safely.
  • A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).
  • Having adjudication withheld or sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three years have elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled.
  • A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.
  • A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.
  • A record of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.
  • Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.
  • Failing to provide proof of proficiency with a firearm.
  • Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.
  • Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.
  • A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Being a fugitive from justice.

(FDACS www.freshfromflorida.com)

What is the process to obtain a concealed weapons permit?

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services administers the concealed weapon license program. Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a concealed weapon license. Various certification courses will provide you with a certificate of completion.

What happens if I’m arrested for possession of a firearm and I have a valid concealed weapons permit?

As long as the weapon is properly stored or carried, it should not be a problem. If you have been charged with a gun offense, whether a simple violation of permit laws or the use of a weapon to commit another crime, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your constitutional rights, someone who understands how these crimes are prosecuted, as well as the serious consequences of a conviction. Call the team at the Law Offices of Eric Reisinger for a FREE consultation todaySarasota 941-554-4992 or Ft. Myers 239-349-2992