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. Go here to view the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KDlalcg1_Dg
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
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.).