Am I Eligible to get a Concealed Weapons Permit?

I'm I Eligible for a Concealed Weapons Permit

This is one of the most common questions we receive so here is an easy questionnaire if you have no criminal history.  Florida is called a must issue State. Which means that anyone who wants a concealed carry permit, and is not a prohibited person, must be issued a permit.

If you do have a criminal history this question becomes a little more difficult to answer.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be 21 years of age or older or you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was discharged under honorable conditions.

  • You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm ( This is the part we cover with our concealed carry class)

  • Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (U.S.) AND be a U.S. citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. Those who are 'Resident Aliens' must provide a valid Permanent Resident Alien card.

  • You must not have a disqualifying criminal record

Possible Reasons for Ineligibility:

  • 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 ( we provide a training certificate when you take our concealed carry class)

  • 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.

That's it..if none of those questions apply to you, you can get a concealed weapons permit in the State of Florida.

Here I've broken it down even further if you are still having trouble:

1a. Have you ever renounced your United States citizenship?

    You ever said to the US government that you no longer want to be a citizen.

 

1b. Are you currently residing in the United States?

    You must currently be living in the US or in the military deployed out of the country.

 

1c. Are you deemed a US citizen or lawful permanent resident alien?

    You must either be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.

 

2. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

If you have ever been convicted of a felony in the State of Florida your civil rights and firearm rights must be restored in order to qualify you for a Florida concealed weapon permit.

 

If you’ve been convicted of a felony in another state the restoration of your civil and firearm rights must be restored by the state in which the conviction occurred.

 

If you were convicted of a felony under federal law, you must have a Presidential pardon or have been granted relief from federal firearm disabilities through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This is extremely difficult to do.

 

3. Have you had an adjudication of guilt withheld or imposition of sentence suspended on a felony charge or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?

If you have had ADJUDICATION OF GUILT WITHHELD OR IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE SUSPENDED ON ANY FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, you are NOT ELIGIBLE for a Florida concealed weapon license unless a period of three years has elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled (or the record has been sealed and expunged).

 

Adjudication of Guilt Withheld - The court's decision of either adjudicating you guilty or withholding the adjudication of guilt will determine if you are convicted. If the court adjudicates you guilty you have been convicted of the offense. If the court withholds the adjudication of guilt the court has not convicted you.

 

Imposition of Sentence Suspended - Instead of imposing a sentence, the court typically places the defendant on probation, which can be supervised or unsupervised. And if the defendant is determined to violate the terms during the period of probation, then they can be sentenced at any time, after a hearing, and convicted.

 

If you answer YES to this question, you must submit a copy of the document issued by the court or probation office evidencing completion of probation or other court-imposed conditions. Alternatively, you can submit a copy of the court document ordering that the record be sealed and expunged.

 

4. Have you been convicted, found guilty of, or had adjudication withheld on one or more misdemeanor crime of violence?

If you have been FOUND GUILTY OF, HAD ADJUDICATION OF GUILT WITHHELD FOR, OR HAD IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE SUSPENDED FOR ONE OR MORE MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, you are NOT ELIGIBLE for a Florida concealed weapon license unless a period of three years has elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled (or the record has been sealed and expunged).

 

Adjudication of Guilt Withheld - The court's decision of either adjudicating you guilty or withholding the adjudication of guilt will determine if you are convicted. If the court adjudicates you guilty you have been convicted of the offense. If the court withholds the adjudication of guilt the court has not convicted you.

 

Imposition of Sentence Suspended - Instead of imposing a sentence, the court typically places the defendant on probation, which can be supervised or unsupervised. And if the defendant is determined to violate the terms during the period of probation, then they can be sentenced at any time, after a hearing, and convicted.

 

If you answer YES to this question, you must submit a copy of the document issued by the court or probation office evidencing completion of probation or other court-imposed conditions. Alternatively, you can submit a copy of the court document ordering that the record is sealed and expunged.


 

5. Have you been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?

Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence includes the use or attempted use of physical force or threatened use of a deadly weapon committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

 

6. Have you been issued an injunction that is currently in force and effect that restrains you from committing acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violence?

  1. An Active Restraining order

 

7. Have you ever been adjudicated incapacitated, committed to a mental institution, or adjudicated mentally defective?

  1. Adjudicated Incapacitated

  2. You have been committed to a mental institution

  3. You have been adjudicated mentally defective or incompetent in any court.

 

8. Conviction for violation of controlled substance

If during the three years preceding the date on which you submitted your application.

 

Controlled Substance

  1. Committed for the abuse of controlled substances

  2. Found guilty or convicted of a crime under the provisions of Chapter 893, Florida Statutes, or similar laws of any other state, or had multiple arrests for such offenses within the past five years with the most recent arrest occurring within the past year?

 

Abuse of Alcohol

  1. Committed for the abuse of alcoholic beverages, under provisions of Chapter 397

  2. Convicted of using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, under section 790.151, Florida Statutes

  3. Deemed a habitual offender under provisions of Section 856.011(3) or similar laws of another state.

 

    Multiple DUI’s

  1. Convicted two or more times for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, under section 316.193 Florida Statutes

 

9. Are you under arrest or currently charged in any court with a felony, any crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, or any crime of violence, including crimes of domestic violence?

You are NOT ELIGIBLE for licensure if you are UNDER ARREST OR CURRENTLY CHARGED with:

  • Any felony

  • Any crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year

  • Any crime of violence, including crimes of domestic violence

  • Any crime under the provisions of Chapter 893, Florida Statutes

  • or similar laws of any other state relating to controlled substances.

 

If your case did not result in a Conviction or Withholding of Adjudication

You must provide the Division a certified court document indicating the final disposition of your case. If that court document indicates that the case did not result in a conviction or a withholding of adjudication on a disqualifying crime, the suspension will be lifted and the processing of your application will continue.

 

If you were convicted or Adjudication Withheld

If you are convicted or receive a withhold of adjudication on a disqualifying crime, your application will be denied.

 

10. Are you a fugitive from justice?

The term “fugitive from justice” means any person who has fled from any State to avoid prosecution for a crime or to avoid giving testimony in any criminal proceeding.

 

11. Have you been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions?

Simply put if you were dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces you can not own or be near a firearm or ammunition nor can you receive a Concealed Carry Permit.

Hope this helps, if you still have questions or concerns you can give us a call at 813-545-1798 and we will be happy to help! If you would like to get your Florida Concealed Weapons Permit please take a look at our Concealed Carry Class Online schedule here. 

Ryan

You can also click on the link below to take the State of Florida's Eligibility test

You may take a short questionnaire to check and see if you are eligible. Please note #4 is the training documentation you will receive when you take your Tampa Carry concealed carry class. 

https://licensing.freshfromflorida.com//firearms/prequal_questions.aspx