I. Criminal Provisions

A license to carry a handgun is not valid in any of the following places or circumstances, whether it is issued by Florida, or a person is carrying pursuant to a reciprocity agreement between his or her state of license and Florida:

  • A firearm must be stored in a locked container with a trigger lock so as to be unattainable to a minor under the age of 18.
  • A person carrying a weapon should not exhibit the weapon in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner, unless in self-defense.
  • A person carrying a weapon should not exhibit the weapon on public or private school grounds or facilities, a school bus, a school bus stop, at school-sanctioned activities, or within 1,000 feet of school property or any professional athletic event.
  • Discharge of a firearm in a public place, or on a public road, including from inside a vehicle (within 1,000 feet of any person), unless in self-defense.
  • Use a firearm (have it readily accessible and loaded) while under the influence of alcohol, controlled, or chemical substance, which impairs a person’s normal faculties.
  • An individual shall not carry a firearm if they habitually use alcohol or other substances to impair his or her normal functions.
  • A person shall not carry a firearm at any restaurant or property licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages.

Florida’s laws on weapons and firearms may be accessed here:


For a list of places where carrying a firearm is prohibited, see: