Requirements to Purchase a Firearm

How do I find out if I am eligible to purchase a firearm?

The Firearm Purchase Program is prohibited from conducting a background check on private citizens solely at their request. Per Florida Statute this unit expressly conducts background checks for the sale of firearms by federally licensed gun dealers, manufacturers and importers only. Should you choose to
obtain a current copy of your criminal record(s) you may do so. Please consult F.S. 790.065 for a list of disqualifying offenses.

Requirements to Purchase a Long Gun (Rifle/Shotgun) in the State of Florida.
  • Persons must be18 years of age to purchase (shotgun, rifle, etc.).
    All legal US residents may purchase a long gun in the State of Florida.
  • Fingerprints are not required; the check is conducted utilizing demographic data.
  • Florida does not require a specialized permit to purchase a firearm.
  • Concealed Weapon Permit holders are subject to the same background check as persons who do not possess a Concealed Weapon Permit.
  • The State of Florida does not require a waiting period for the purchase of a long gun.
    Individual counties, cities and municipalities have the ability to pass laws that add or lengthen the waiting period for any type of firearm. Please consult your local County Commission for more detailed information.
There is no limit to the number of firearms you may purchase per background check. However, once the sale is completed, each additional firearm purchase in the future requires a new BATF form 4473 to be completed and the background check process repeated.

Requirements to Purchase a Handgun in the State of Florida
  • Persons must be 21 years of age to purchase.
    You must be a resident of the State of Florida or have 90 days proof of ownership of property in the State of Florida.
  • Fingerprints are not required; the check is conducted utilizing demographic data.
  • Florida does not require a specialized permit to purchase a firearm.
  • Without a valid Concealed Weapon Permit from the State of Florida, there is a mandatory three day waiting period for all handgun purchases.
    Individual counties, cities and municipalities have the ability to pass laws that add or lengthen the waiting period for any type of firearm. Please consult your local County Commission for more detailed information.
  • Concealed Weapon Permit holders are subject to the same background check as persons who do not possess a Concealed Weapon Permit.
There is no limit to the number of firearms you may purchase per background check. However, once the sale is completed, each additional firearm purchase in the future requires a new BATF form 4473 to be completed and the background check process repeated.

I have a FL Concealed Weapon Permit; do I still require a background check?

Yes; under federal laws a concealed weapon permit issued by the State of Florida or any other state does not exempt you from a background check to purchase a firearm(s).


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