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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700179: Constitutional Open and Concealed Carry of Firearms and Weapons Without a Permit by Dennis Fields

ARTICLE I: DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Section 8. Right to bear arms.

SECTION 8.Right to bear arms.
  1. The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.

    (b) All citizens of the United States that are in good legal standing (no violent felony convictions) and have reached the age of 18 years of age shall be afforded the right to carry any firearm or weapon that is legal in the state of Florida in a safe manner either openly or concealed without a license or permit.

    c) Florida Concealed Weapons and Firearms Licenses will only be issued for reciprocity in other states.

    There shall be a mandatory period of three days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and delivery at retail of any handgun. For the purposes of this section, "purchase" means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration to the retailer, and "handgun" means a firearm capable of being carried and used by one hand, such as a pistol or revolver. Holders of a concealed weapon permit as prescribed in Florida law shall not be subject to the provisions of this paragraph.The legislature shall enact legislation implementing subsection (b) of this section, effective no later than December 31, 1991, which shall provide that anyone violating the provisions of subsection (b) shall be guilty of a felony.This restriction shall not apply to a trade in of another handgun.