A Florida firearm bill of sale is used to prove that a weapon was sold to a buyer for an agreed-upon purchase price. While not legally required, a bill of sale can be used to document the change in ownership between the parties. It includes the buyer’s information, the weapon’s serial number, and the date when possession was transferred. Sellers are not required to conduct a criminal background check in private firearms sales. However, the seller must be sure to verify the buyer’s identity and age to make certain they are authorized to own the firearm. Following the purchase, a copy of the bill of sale should be maintained by each party for their personal records.
- Firearm laws – Title XLVI, Ch. 790 (Weapons and Firearms)
- Background check required? No.
- Permit required to purchase? No.
Concealed Carry Laws
Statute – § 790.06
In Florida, it’s only lawful to carry a concealed firearm without a license in the following circumstances:
- While traveling to or from, or while engaging in, fishing, hunting, camping, or target shooting;
- While in one’s home or place of business;
- While transporting the firearm in a private conveyance (personal-use vehicle) with the weapon securely encased or not readily accessible;
- If the individual is a member of a gun collecting club and is participating in, or traveling to or from, an exhibition;
- If the individual is carrying an unloaded handgun that is securely wrapped, and such individual is traveling between their home and the place of purchase or a repair shop; and
- All other instances listed in § 790.25(3).
Unless covered by the exceptions mentioned above, a license is required to carry a concealed firearm in Florida. To obtain a Concealed Weapons License, applicants must do the following:
- Determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements.
- Schedule an appointment with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or an authorized Florida tax collector’s office.
- Prepare for the appointment by gathering a photo ID, proof of firearms training, and $97 for the licensing and fingerprinting fees.
- Visit the licensing agency. A staff member will direct the applicant to a computer where an online form will be completed. The applicant will also submit their fingerprints.
- Wait for the agency’s approval. It can take up to ninety (90) days to process the application.
Applicants can also apply by mail. They’ll need to submit their fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency or sheriff’s office. A Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Application must be completed and delivered to the below address along with proof of firearms training and the $97 licensing fee.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6687
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6687