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FLORIDA'S RECIPROCITY STATES




PLEASE NOTE: The reciprocity information on this page is ALWAYS CURRENT. The Division of Licensing constantly monitors changing gun laws in other states and attempts to negotiate agreements as the laws in those states allow. This list was last updated on September 12, 2008, when South Carolina became the 33rd state to agree to honor Florida concealed weapon licenses.

With the addition of Section 790.015, Florida Statutes, in 1999, Florida's weapons and firearms law was amended to allow the Division of Licensing to enter into agreements with other states on the issue of carrying concealed weapons. To date the Division has established such agreements with the states listed below. In accordance with the terms of these pacts, each of these states has extended the privilege of concealed carry to holders of Florida Concealed Weapon/Firearm Licenses. The State of Florida has, in turn, extended that same privilege to the licensees of these states.

It is important for license holders to understand that when they are traveling in or through another state they are subject to the firearm laws of that state. We have provided links to the state laws or to the licensing authorities' Web page of each of our reciprocity states so that licensees can do the necessary planning and research when preparing to travel.


FLORIDA'S RECIPROCITY STATES
Alabama (1,3,5)
Alaska (1)
Arizona (6,7)
Arkansas (1)
Colorado (1,4)
Delaware
Georgia (1)
Idaho (3,6)
Indiana (1,3,6)
Kansas (1,4)
Kentucky
Louisiana (1)
Michigan (1,4)
Mississippi (1)
Missouri (1)
Montana (3)
Nevada (1,6)
New Hampshire (1,3,4,6)
New Mexico (1)
North Carolina (1)
North Dakota (3,6)
Ohio (1)
Oklahoma (1)
Pennsylvania (1,6)
South Carolina (1,4)
South Dakota (1,3)
Tennessee (1,6)
Texas (1,3,6)
Utah (1,6)
Vermont (2)
Virginia (1,6)
West Virginia (1,4)
Wyoming (1,3)

(1) While Florida's law allows licensees to carry stun guns, knives, and billy clubs in a concealed fashion, the laws in these states allow for concealed carry of handguns or pistols ONLY, NOT WEAPONS IN GENERAL. Florida license holders are prohibited from carrying other types of weapons while in these states.

(2) The State of VERMONT is unique in that it does not issue weapon/firearms licenses. Florida licensees - indeed, licensed or unlicensed citizens from any state - may carry in Vermont. This presents a problem for reciprocity with Florida. Florida law provides that an out-of-state resident must have in his or her immediate possession a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm. Since Vermont residents have no such license, the right to concealed carry cannot be extended to them under Florida law.

(3) Individuals qualify for concealed weapon licenses in these states upon reaching 18 years of age. HOWEVER, any licensee of these reciprocity states who is not 21 years of age or older IS PROHIBITED from carrying a concealed weapon or firearm in Florida.

(4) These states will honor the Florida concealed weapon license ONLY IF the licensee is a resident of the State of Florida.

(5) The Attorney General's Office of the State of ALABAMA has indicated that Alabama will honor BOTH resident and non-resident Florida licenses. However, the Alabama Attorney General notes that there is some uncertainty as to the limits of Alabama's reciprocity law as it pertains to non-resident licenses. Pending clarification by the Alabama Legislature or a decision by an Alabama court, he urges non-resident Florida license holders to exercise caution. Refer to the Alabama AG's Web page for the latest information.

(6) These states issue concealed carry licenses to qualified individuals who are non-residents. These non-resident permits cannot be honored under Florida's reciprocity provision.

(7) Florida issues concealed carry licenses to persons whose civil rights and firearms rights have been restored and thereby made whole in the eyes of the law and the Constitution. However, ARIZONA will honor a concealed weapon license ONLY if those rights were restored by a full pardon signed by the Governor or President of the United States. ARIZONA will not honor a concealed weapon license in possession of a Florida licensee if those rights were restored by any other means than a full pardon. Therefore, a Florida licensee who has had civil and firearms rights restored but who has NOT received a pardon from the Governor or President of the United States is prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm in ARIZONA.
 

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I live in Indiana. (Shall Issue, Right to Carry State).

But I am bordered by States that I visit frequently that do not: Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin. Thankfully, Michigian honors Indiana.

But I'm sending out letters and e-mails. Those States that Indiana honors, and yet they don't honor OURS?

Still perplexes me.
 

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Atlanta, we have a problem!

As we all know, Florida has CCW reciprocity with Georgia. If You have your Florida DL and License to Carry a Concealed Weapon or Firearm, they may carry a concealed handgun in Georgia.

Traffic stop. The mounted cops asks the driver if he has any weapons. The driver is honest. His Kahr is unloaded and secured in the patrol car.

Seems the cop doesn't know about Georgia's reciprocity relationship with Florida. The officer's supervisor is on his way. The wedding begins in 35 minutes. Will the Best Man make it?

UPDATE: Well, they sat there for about an hour until the supervisor came by. They did make the wedding, and the bride was later than they were so few noticed. I also found out that the driver had the Best Man with him, and that could have been a problem.

I had sent an Associate to my office to prepare a letter that we were going to fax to the Police Station that was to include the print out from our State Attorney General's web site identifying those states that we enjoy reciprocity with. If she could find a similar official web site from Georgia, that would have gone with it as well.

That was pretty much all I could do. Since I’m not a member of the Georgia Bar, I wasn’t much help; I could only try to be persuasive.

After the Supervisor arrived, things were sorted out and I was pretty confident everything would be fine. I canceled the fax and let the associate finish her weekend in peace. When the supervisor got me on the phone, I was told that “Patrolman ‘P’ knows Georgia has reciprocity with Florida, he just didn’t know a Florida permit was good in Georgia.” Okay, well, “Reciprocity means”…. Never mind. It’s not worth it.

The 9mm was returned and the boys went on their way to Temple. I received another call thanking me, and asking why I didn’t educate those guys. It was pretty simple; Georgia law and Florida law aren’t identical. Our friend didn’t have his gun in a proper holster. He could have received as citation, or worse. I didn’t want to get into a long conversation of gun law with those guys. Instead, he received a simple speeding ticket and went on his way.

If you are traveling, know the laws of that state. Many states, like Nevada, have reciprocity yet the laws are very different.
 

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If and when Reciprocity laws change I will update this info.

Thank you Sir for your hard work and consistent vigilance.
It is greatly appreciated.
Best regards
Franklin
 

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Nevada, of all places..........where we might need one most...:rolleyes:
 

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Nevada not a big deal

First of all, about 99% of the places to visit in Nevada are casinos, where carry would be prohibited anyway.
The rest of the sites are national parks, and we have a new Federal Law that allows concealed carry in federal parks.

The only drag is the loss of the legal right to carry in those few hundred miles of open desert between the cities. Does anyone know about possible peaceable transit laws in Nevada?
 

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OK, just read this on another thread, checking to see if anyone knows if it is correct. Going to Nevada in Nov for Front Sight and need to know. Thanks, Brian


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Best place is http://www.usacarry.com/concealed_ca...formation.html

With a FL CCW you can carry conceled in GA.
In fact 35 out of 50 states will accept a FL CCW. (We lost NV last month)
 

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If you mean the comment that we've lost Nevada, it's true. They didn't like the fact that our licenses are good for 7 years instead of 5.
 

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If you mean the comment that we've lost Nevada, it's true. They didn't like the fact that our licenses are good for 7 years instead of 5.
THAT'S the part I was refering to. IMO that's a lame reason to not recipricate. :thumbsdwn
 

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The National Right-to-carry law needs your support.
Right your congressperson and senator asking the congress person to support HR 822 and the senator to support it when it reaches the senate.

Check out the NRA info on this and pay special attention to the myth/fact section

http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=7106

PLEAE READ THE NRA IFO BEFROE GETTING PARANOID
 

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I have a question regarding the Florida/Georgia relationship...but a different twist and wanted to see if I have the proper understanding of it:
Scenario: My son was a Florida resident and acquired his FL CCW as a Florida resident while he was attending a university in Georgia. He has since married and has changed his residence to Georgia and has a Georgia Driver's License. He is concerned about the change in status and the legality of carrying in Georgia and the reciprocity in other states...and has ceased carrying since his change in residence until he further understands it.

As I understand it, he should go on the Florida DOACS website and submit a change of address to his Georgia address. At that time, his status would change to a holder of a Non-resident Florida CCW until the expiration of that permit. After the submission of his address change, he could legally carry, in accordance with the laws of Georgia, in Georgia due to the reciprocity of a Non-resident Florida CCW residing in Georgia.

However, his reciprocity with other states is changed with this status...and, for example, he could no longer carry concealed in South Carolina because of the difference of the resident vs. non-resident status and the non-reciprocating nature of the Georgia/South Carolina relationship.

I would like to know if this is an accurate assessment, and if so, what is the best source to hash out where he is now allowed to carry.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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At first glance, Dire, your assessment seems to be spot-on.

Changing his address on the DOACS website would be the first step. I'm not sure about the legality of carrying on a Florida license in GA if one is a GA resident (some states do not like that).

An easy second step would be to obtain a GA license/permit. Cheap, easy and quick. That would eliminate a lot of his/your concerns...but still wouldn't cover carry in SC, I'm afraid.

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I think I'd apply for the GA license as soon as I got a GA DL. Then you'd have to look at what states honor GA's resident and Fl's non-resident licenses.
 

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I have a question regarding the Florida/Georgia relationship...but a different twist and wanted to see if I have the proper understanding of it:
Scenario: My son was a Florida resident and acquired his FL CCW as a Florida resident while he was attending a university in Georgia. He has since married and has changed his residence to Georgia and has a Georgia Driver's License. He is concerned about the change in status and the legality of carrying in Georgia and the reciprocity in other states...and has ceased carrying since his change in residence until he further understands it.

As I understand it, he should go on the Florida DOACS website and submit a change of address to his Georgia address. At that time, his status would change to a holder of a Non-resident Florida CCW until the expiration of that permit. After the submission of his address change, he could legally carry, in accordance with the laws of Georgia, in Georgia due to the reciprocity of a Non-resident Florida CCW residing in Georgia.

However, his reciprocity with other states is changed with this status...and, for example, he could no longer carry concealed in South Carolina because of the difference of the resident vs. non-resident status and the non-reciprocating nature of the Georgia/South Carolina relationship.

I would like to know if this is an accurate assessment, and if so, what is the best source to hash out where he is now allowed to carry.

Any help would be appreciated.
IANAL but that sounds right to me. I have a problem with NY and can't carry there unless I change my "residence" (where you vote, pay taxes, drive, have a will made out, etc., etc.). It's all about residency. If he persists in carrying on the basis of being a FL resident when he's not, he could be in trouble at some point...!
 

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If you are a GA resident you have to have a GA license in order to carry there. His FL CWFL is NOT VALID in GA if he lives in GA (i.e. has a GA DL). If you like I can go dig up the Statute where that is CLEARLY stated, or you can use Google to do it yourself.

I "reside" in FL, spend my summers in the extreme west of NC and travel extensively in GA, TN and NC...
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I live in Indiana. (Shall Issue, Right to Carry State).

But I am bordered by States that I visit frequently that do not: Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin. Thankfully, Michigian honors Indiana.

But I'm sending out letters and e-mails. Those States that Indiana honors, and yet they don't honor OURS?

Still perplexes me.
I travel between Florida and Indiana quite often, some times through Kentucky and other times through Ohio. Isn't Ohio a blue state?
 
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