What is unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or firearms in Florida?
The crime of Unlicensed Carrying is classified as either a Misdemeanor or Felony in Florida. Classification is dependent upon the type of weapon.
This offense occurs when a person:
The offense is a First Degree Misdemeanor when a person who is not licensed carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon. This is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
The offense is a Third Degree Felony when a person who is not licensed carries a concealed firearm. This is punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Defenses to unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or firearms
Some of the defenses to unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or firearms are:
- Concealed Weapons Permit 
- The state of Florida has reciprocity agreements with several other states.
- Exempted activities in the state of Florida include:
- Engaged in or traveling to or from a camping, fishing, or lawful hunting expedition; 
- Transporting a firearm in a private residence; 
- Traveling to and from a gun show; 
- Law enforcement and security officer use; 
- In a Place of Business or a Home; and 
- Placement in a private vehicle’s interior if it is in a case or not easily accessible. 
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- FL § 790.01(3)
- FL § 790.25
- Brunson v. State, 211 So. 3d 96 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017).