On July 1, 2023, CS/HB 543 took effect amending Chapter 790 allowing for permitless carrying of a concealed firearm in the State of Florida. Pursuant this amendment, eligible individuals are permitted to carry a concealed firearm without the need for obtaining a concealed weapons permit, but must have photo ID on them at all times while carrying a concealed firearm. However, examples of those not eligible to posses or carry a weapon of any kind, includes, but is not necessary limited to those convicted of felonies and/or adjudicated a delinquent for a felony, suffering from mental defect and/or addiction to alcohol and/or a controlled substance, have a conviction for domestic violence, currently serving a term of probation or suspended sentence, have a withhold of adjudication within the past three (3) years, or are currently under indictment or charged with a crime punishable by one (1) year or more in prison. Also, carrying a concealed firearm is still banned in places of nuisance such as schools, banks, houses of worship or places of higher education.
Florida law will still authorize the issuance of a concealed weapons permits to eligible individuals who are both in-state and out-of-state residents. Some of the benefits of still obtaining a permit are that one is not subject to a five (5) day “cool off” period when purchasing a firearm and are able to concealed carry in other states which have reciprocity with Florida.