Florida Firearm Bill of Sale

A Florida firearm bill of sales form is a legalized document that proves a firearm was purchased, sold, or traded and undergoing a change of ownership in the state of Florida. All documents notarized are withheld until the individuals involved are present, identified, and witnessed by the notary public. It takes three (3) days from the day all types of firearms are purchased to the day they are delivered with the exception of holders of concealed weapons permit.

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Florida Firearm Bill of Sale

Selling a Firearm privately

In Florida, it’s necessary to be a licensed manufacturer, dealer, or even importer before a sale or purchase is allowed. In other words, private individuals cannot sell firearms

Prohibited from Buying

According to the constitution Fla. Stat. § 790.23, it is considered illegal to possess a firearm for an individual who has committed an offense like;

  • Been sentenced to a violation in the court of this state. 

  • Been found to have committed a neglectful act that would be considered a crime by an adult and below 24 of age.

  • Attained of or committed a crime against the United States which is designated as a felony.

  • Committed a minor crime in another state or country that is considered as a crime by an adult, punishable by imprisonment or a term for more than 1 year under the age 24.

Additionally, Fla. Stat. § 790.233(1) states that: 

  • If a person has been issued a final injunction, preventing that person from committing a crime

  • A person may not have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm or ammunition if the person has been issued a final injunction that is currently in force and effect, restraining that person from committing acts of domestic violence, as issued under §741.30 or from committing acts of stalking or cyberstalking, as issued under §784.0485,

And Fla. Stat. § 790.235. Determines that:

  • Any person who meets the violent career criminal criteria under §775.084(1)(d), regardless of whether such person is or has previously been sentenced as a violent career criminal, who owns or has in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or carries a concealed weapon, including a tear gas gun or chemical weapon or device, commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in §775.082, §775.083, or §775.084. A person convicted of a violation of this section shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment; however, if the person would be sentenced to a longer term of imprisonment under §775.084(4)(d), the person must be sentenced under that provision. A person convicted of a violation of this section is not eligible for any form of discretionary early release, other than pardon, executive clemency, or conditional medical release under §947.149.

Furthermore, Fla. Stat. § 790.064(1) confirms that:

  • A person who has been adjudicated mentally defective or who has been committed to a mental institution, as those terms are defined in §790.065(2), may not own a firearm or possess a firearm until relief from the firearm possession and firearm ownership disability is obtained.

Registering a Firearm

In Florida, government agencies are not allowed to require the registration of firearms owned by residents of the state.

Concealed Carry

Residents are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Florida if they have the proper license known as the Florida Concealed Weapon License. 

How to Apply

Before applying, the applicant must be at least 21 years old, a citizen of the United States, be of sound mind and body (the body aspect is so they can properly handle the firearm). They must also be free of addiction to harmful substances i.e. cocaine.

Step 1 – Complete the Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Application, or complete the online application.

Step 2 – Attach a color photograph that was taken within the past thirty (30) days.

Step 3 – Attach proof of competency with a firearm as outlined in Fla. Stat. §790.06(2)(h).

Step 4 – Attach a full set of fingerprints as explained in Fla. Stat. §790.06(5)(c).

Step 5 – Submit to a background check as required by Fla. Const. art. 8 §5(b).

Step 6 – Submit the application to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Step 7 – Pay the appropriate licensing fee.

Step 8 – The DACS will issue or deny the application within ninety (90) days of submission.

Reciprocity

If the person in question is not a resident of Florida, they can carry a concealed weapon if they’re 21 years old, have a permit in their state of residence, and are a U.S. resident

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