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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Florida, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 25.0%1
2002: 26.0%2
2001: 24.5%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Florida, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 40.51%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Florida, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 51.2%5 6
1991/2000: 58.5%
1981/1990: 62.2%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Florida, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2,4107
2013: 2,442
2012: 2,473
2011: 2,378
2010: 2,268
2009: 2,324
2008: 2,334
2007: 2,272
2006: 2,083
2005: 1,838
2004: 1,890
2003: 1,940
2002: 1,886
2001: 1,816
2000: 1,692
1999: 1,721

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 12.117
2013: 12.46
2012: 12.78
2011: 12.45
2010: 12.06
2009: 12.46
2008: 12.60
2007: 12.37
2006: 11.47
2005: 10.30
2004: 10.85
2003: 11.41
2002: 11.30
2001: 11.10
2000: 10.59
1999: 10.92

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Florida, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1,1507
2012: 1,2007 8
2011: 1,143
2010: 1,114
2009: 1,134
2008: 1,300
2007: 1,324
2006: 1,214
2005: 998
2004: 1,032
2003: 1,004
2002: 1,008
2001: 969
2000: 937
1999: 964

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.887
2012: 6.217 8
2011: 5.99
2010: 5.93
2009: 6.08
2008: 7.02
2007: 7.21
2006: 6.68
2005: 5.59
2004: 5.93
2003: 5.90
2002: 6.04
2001: 5.92
2000: 5.86
1999: 6.12

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Florida, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 8167
2012: 8627 8
2011: 817
2010: 767
2009: 804
2008: 886
2007: 935
2006: 803
2005: 631
2004: 647
2003: 660
2002: 635
2001: 573
2000: 467
1999: 545

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.177
2012: 4.467 9
2011: 4.28
2010: 4.087
2009: 4.31
2008: 4.78
2007: 5.09
2006: 4.42
2005: 3.54
2004: 3.72
2003: 3.88
2002: 3.80
2001: 3.50
2000: 2.92
1999: 3.46

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Florida, according to the Department of Law Enforcement, annual handgun homicides total

2012: 3578
2011: 390
2010: 389
2009: 412
2008: 456
2007: 506
2006: 450
2005: 321
2004: 341
2003: 396
2002: 392
2001: 339
2000: 366
1999: 347
1998: 392
1995: 4608 10 11

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.849
2011: 2.04
2010: 2.06
2009: 2.21
2008: 2.46
2007: 2.75
2006: 2.48
2005: 1.80
2004: 1.96
2003: 2.33
2002: 2.35
2001: 2.07
2000: 2.28
1999: 2.20
1998: 2.53
1995: 3.16

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures12 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 8513 11
2012: 98
2011: 75
2010: 89
2009: 86
2008: 80
2007: 69
2006: 46
2005: 39
2004: 29
2003: 13
2002: 26
2001: 30
2000: 53
1999: 28

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4313 11
2012: 0.51
2011: 0.39
2010: 0.47
2009: 0.46
2008: 0.43
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.25
2005: 0.22
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.33
1999: 0.18

Long Gun Homicides

In Florida, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

1995: 5410 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Florida, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

1995: 0.379

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 2313 11
2012: 35
2011: 34
2010: 31
2009: 48
2008: 44
2007: 32
2006: 31
2005: 28
2004: 31
2003: 20
2002: 26
2001: 31
2000: 25
1999: 22

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1213 11
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.26
2008: 0.24
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.14

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2012: 3648
2011: 301
2010: 280
2009: 283
2008: 324
2007: 319
2006: 290
2005: 200
2004: 214
2003: 190
2002: 160
2001: 163
2000: 133
1999: 113
1998: 197
1995: 2278 10 11

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, according to figures from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.889
2011: 1.58
2010: 1.49
2009: 1.52
2008: 1.75
2007: 1.74
2006: 1.60
2005: 1.12
2004: 1.23
2003: 1.12
2002: 0.96
2001: 1.00
2000: 0.83
1999: 0.72
1998: 1.27
1995: 1.56

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 70813 11
2012: 729
2011: 708
2010: 647
2009: 670
2008: 762
2007: 834
2006: 726
2005: 564
2004: 587
2003: 627
2002: 583
2001: 512
2000: 389
1999: 495

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Florida, according to figures18 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.6213 11
2012: 3.77
2011: 3.72
2010: 3.44
2009: 3.59
2008: 4.11
2007: 4.54
2006: 4.00
2005: 3.16
2004: 3.37
2003: 3.69
2002: 3.49
2001: 3.13
2000: 2.43
1999: 3.14

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Florida, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 2,9287
2012: 3,002
2011: 2,880
2010: 2,789
2009: 2,858
2008: 2,740
2007: 2,587
2006: 2,440
2005: 2,347
2004: 2,389
2003: 2,297
2002: 2,338
2001: 2,314
2000: 2,086
1999: 2,029

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 14.977
2012: 15.54
2011: 15.09
2010: 14.83
2009: 15.32
2008: 14.79
2007: 14.08
2006: 13.43
2005: 13.15
2004: 13.72
2003: 13.51
2002: 14.01
2001: 14.15
2000: 13.05
1999: 12.87

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Florida, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 1,5667
2012: 1,555
2011: 1,490
2010: 1,454
2009: 1,472
2008: 1,397
2007: 1,284
2006: 1,227
2005: 1,163
2004: 1,197
2003: 1,242
2002: 1,205
2001: 1,197
2000: 1,186
1999: 1,136

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.017
2012: 8.02
2011: 7.81
2010: 7.73
2009: 7.89
2008: 7.54
2007: 6.99
2006: 6.75
2005: 6.52
2004: 6.87
2003: 7.30
2002: 7.22
2001: 7.32
2000: 7.42
1999: 7.21

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Florida, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 39913
2012: 364
2011: 325
2010: 318
2009: 322
2008: 313
2007: 278
2006: 224
2005: 207
2004: 213
2003: 198
2002: 193
2001: 210
2000: 190
1999: 133

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.0413
2012: 1.88
2011: 1.71
2010: 1.69
2009: 1.73
2008: 1.69
2007: 1.51
2006: 1.23
2005: 1.16
2004: 1.22
2003: 1.16
2002: 1.16
2001: 1.28
2000: 1.19
1999: 0.84

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Florida, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 16413
2012: 175
2011: 167
2010: 143
2009: 156
2008: 181
2007: 134
2006: 147
2005: 121
2004: 128
2003: 115
2002: 126
2001: 147
2000: 129
1999: 139

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8413
2012: 0.91
2011: 0.88
2010: 0.76
2009: 0.84
2008: 0.98
2007: 0.73
2006: 0.81
2005: 0.68
2004: 0.73
2003: 0.68
2002: 0.75
2001: 0.90
2000: 0.81
1999: 0.88

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Florida, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 1,00313
2012: 1,011
2011: 998
2010: 993
2009: 994
2008: 903
2007: 872
2006: 856
2005: 835
2004: 856
2003: 929
2002: 886
2001: 840
2000: 867
1999: 864

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.1313
2012: 5.23
2011: 5.24
2010: 5.28
2009: 5.33
2008: 4.87
2007: 4.75
2006: 4.71
2005: 4.68
2004: 4.92
2003: 5.46
2002: 5.31
2001: 5.14
2000: 5.42
1999: 5.48

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Florida, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 227
2012: 22
2011: 30
2010: 15
2009: 23
2008: 21
2007: 16
2006: 25
2005: 23
2004: 21
2003: 27
2002: 26
2001: 23
2000: 13
1999: 14

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.117
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.16
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.14
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.09

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Florida, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Florida, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Florida, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1513
2012: 15
2011: 19
2010: 11
2009: 13
2008: 12
2007: 13
2006: 17
2005: 15
2004: 14
2003: 21
2002: 15
2001: 11
2000: 13
1999: 11

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Florida, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 117
2012: 15
2011: 18
2010: 15
2008: 12
2007: 16
2006: 10
2005: 7
2004: 14
2003: 3
2002: 8
2001: 14
2000: 11
1999: 14

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.067
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.08
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.09

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Florida, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Florida, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Florida, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 13
2011: 15
2010: 12
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 10
2007: 13
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 11
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 11
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Florida, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Florida, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 019
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 020
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 021
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 11
1995: 10

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Florida at a rate of 14.222 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Florida ranked at No. 2922 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Florida is categorised as permissive23

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Florida includes the Florida Statutes 2013 and the Constitution of Florida 196824

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Florida are regulated by the State of Florida25 26 27

Right to Possess Firearms

In Florida, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,28 as limited by federal law29 and state law30 26 27

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Florida, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,31 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,32 .50 calibre rifles33 and large capacity ammunition magazines34 26 27

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Florida, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions31 35 26 27

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Florida, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence32 26 27

Regulation of Handguns

In Florida, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence36 26 27

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Florida, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 37 26 27 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Florida is 18 years38 26 27

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Florida stipulates39 26 27 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Florida, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun40 26 27

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Florida, the law does not require (registration prohibited)41 26 27 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Florida, licensed firearm dealers are required (for handguns and secondhand dealers)42 26 27 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Florida, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted43 26 27

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Florida, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful44 26 27

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Florida is not obliged45 43 26 27 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Florida is obliged45 26 27 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Florida, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited46 26 27

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Florida is reported to be

2015: 7,50747
2014: 7,63448
2013: 7,49449
2012: 6,95150
2011: 6,37451

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Florida, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 3 days (handguns)52 26 27

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Florida, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 26 27 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Florida include54 26 27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Florida do not include55 26 27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Florida include56 54 26 27 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Florida, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 26 27

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Florida, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 26 27 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Florida, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited62 26 27

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Florida, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit40 26 27

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Florida, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,40 63 26 27 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Florida, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)40 26 27 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Florida, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt40 26 27 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Florida, private guns are prohibited in places of nuisance, police stations, detention facilities, prisons, jails, courtrooms, polling places, state buildings, bars and restaurants, airports, mental health institutes, pharmacies64 56 and schools65 26 27

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Florida as ‘F’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Florida on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 367
2010: 568
2009: 669
2008: 670
2007: 871

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Florida at No. 1772 among 50 US States


Short References

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