You’ve got your suitcase packed, car packed, and, of course, you’re packing heat – it’s time for a vacation! However, if you’re traveling out of state with your concealed weapon and concealed weapons license, it’s important that you understand the firearm laws of each state you travel in or through. A lot of people like to bring their firearm while traveling as it can help you feel safer and gives you the ability to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you possess a Florida concealed weapons license, you are permitted to carry concealed in the state. Fortunately, other states recognize a Florida concealed weapons license, known as reciprocity states.
Before you travel, ensure that your concealed weapons license is going to be recognized. Florida’s reciprocity states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
You should look into the firearm laws for these states before traveling to them with your concealed firearm. These 36 reciprocity states have differing firearm laws. For example, some states will only honor a Florida concealed weapons license if the licensee is a Florida state resident. Other reciprocity states only allow for the concealed carry of handguns or pistols, not just weapons in general. Florida license holders are prohibited from carrying other types of weapons while in these states.
Several of the states, like Texas and Wyoming, issue concealed weapons licenses to individuals under 21 years of age. However, anyone who possessing a license from one of these reciprocity sates that is under 21 is prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon or firearm in Florida.
The state of Vermont doesn’t even issue concealed weapons or firearms licenses. However, Florida licensees (and licensed or unlicensed citizens from any state) can carry in Vermont. This law does present a problem for reciprocity though. Because Vermont does not issue licenses, a Vermont resident is unable to carry concealed in Florida.
The Florida reciprocity states are subject to change without notice. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services keeps a current and up to date list. Learn more Florida reciprocity states and their state laws before you travel, here.
States that do not recognize a Florida concealed weapons license have their own laws for carrying a concealed firearm. Some, like Massachusetts, require temporary licenses for non-residents to be able to carry a firearm on their persons. There are states that do not honor any out-of-state concealed carry licenses, including Hawaii, California, Oregon, New York, and Maryland. Washington D.C. will not recognize an out-of-state concealed weapons license either.
If you’re found carrying a concealed firearm in a state that doesn’t honor your Florida license, you could find yourself with criminal charges and in legal trouble. Avoid any problems and thoroughly investigate the firearm laws in each state you will be traveling through or in. You don’t want legal trouble messing up what could be a relaxing and enjoyable vacation!