FL CCW Permit & Training - Know YOUR Rights
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Our classes meets all Florida requirements for the education requirement for the CCW permit. Once you take the class, you apply for your permit at the Department of Agriculture Office in Fort Walton Beach or the Crestview Tax collector office and your permit arrives by mail within 90 days.
Common Questions about Florida CCW and our class:
What does your class include?
Our class covers basic handgun safety, practical considerations for concealed carry, and a brief overview of lawful use of force and the Florida concealed carry statues. This course meets all requirements for the Florida Concealed Carry ‘education’ requirement and you will receive a certificate to be used with your CCW application.
How does your class differ from others?
AA Tactical Concealed Carry Basic class is, as the name implies, just the basics. This lets us keep your cost low just $50 per student. – so that you can spend the extra money on practice ammo, or other things. We do not provide photos, background checks, or fingerprints – but these are not required for those who apply in person for the permit.
What do I do to get my Permit after the class?
There are 2 ways to apply for a Florida Concealed Carry permit.
1. You can apply by mail in which case you must submit photos and fingerprints along with your class certificate. By mail, permits normally take 30-90 days to process.
2. You can apply in person at participating Department of Agriculture Field Offices. In this case, you only need your certificate as the Agriculture Office will take your photo and fingerprints as part of the process. Permits applied for in person are normally processed and delivered by mail within 14 days. Fort Walton Beach & Crestview have field offices, so this is usually the fastest, simplest way to get your permit.
How much does the Concealed Carry Permit cost?
To figure the cost of your permit, be sure to include both the cost of your CCW class and the Florida permit application fees (which are not collected during a class). For those who use our class, your cost is $50 to AA Tactical (non refundable) and then $112 at the Dept of Agriculture for a total cost of $162.00.
Are there exceptions to the Class requirement?
The most common exception is for current and prior members of the US Armed Forces and law enforcement. For military, a current military ID is all that is required. For separated and retired service members, the DD214 can be used. In either case, we recommend you still seek out some type of CCW training as there is a lot more to concealed carry than is taught in typical military gun qualification
We are currently holding our classes at 197 Villacrest Dr Crestview, FL. Untill our new facility is ready at the current AA Tactical location.
In receiving a license to carry a concealed weapon for lawful self-defense, you are undertaking a great responsibility. A license to carry a concealed weapon is not a license to use it. I am sure you share my hope that you will never find it necessary to use a weapon in self-defense. If you do, the law will protect you only if you have acted within the law. Those who are choosing to arm themselves with weapons should, therefore, be armed with the most indispensable weapon of all knowledge. We are providing this information to you as a service in pursuit of that goal. Only you can provide the wisdom, restraint, and good judgment that the law demands of those who possess the ability to take another human life.
Former Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the U.S. State of Florida - Charles H. Bronson
"A License to Carry a Concealed Weapon is not a License to use it"
This information was prepared by the Division of Licensing in an attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the use of deadly force for lawful self-defense. Included are examples of real situations involving the legal consequences of the use of deadly force. (Please consult a Florida Bar certified Attorney as required ((AA Tactical Inc. does NOT)) provide legal advice)
Q. What kinds of weapons are included in the concealed weapons law?
A. The Jack Hagler Self-defense Act defines concealed weapons or firearms as follows: handguns, electronic weapons or devices, tear gas guns, knives and billies. The information provided emphasizes handguns, because they are one of the most commonly used weapons for self-defense.
Q. What if I am in my vehicle?
A. A person has no duty to retreat in his lawfully occupied vehicle against a person who was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering or had unlawfully and forcefully entered an occupied vehicle or had unlawfully and forcefully removed or was attempting to remove another against that person's will from the occupied vehicle.
Q. When is a Handgun "Concealed?"
A. The Florida Legislature defines a concealed firearm as any firearm “carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal it from the ordinary sight of another person.” A person carrying a concealed firearm without a license is guilty of a felony of the third degree. The penalty for this offense is a prison term of up to five years.
Q. Are there special laws that apply to the use of Handguns?
A. Yes, special laws apply anytime anyone uses deadly force, whether or not the weapon is concealed. Florida law defines deadly force as force that is likely to cause death or great bodily harm. When you carry a handgun, you possess a weapon of deadly force. The law considers even an unloaded gun to be a deadly weapon when it is pointed at someone.
Q. When can I use my handgun to protect myself?
A. Florida law justifies use of deadly force when you are:
- Using or displaying a handgun in any other circumstances could result in your conviction for crimes such as improper exhibition of a firearm, manslaughter, or worse.
- Trying to protect yourself or another person from death or serious bodily harm;
- Trying to prevent a forcible felony, such as rape, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
Example: A kind of attack that will not justify defending yourself with deadly force: Two neighbors got into a fight, and one of them tried to hit the other by swinging a garden hose. The neighbor who was being attacked with the hose shot the other in the chest. The court upheld his conviction for aggravated battery with a firearm, because an attack with a garden hose is not the kind of violent assault that justifies responding with deadly force.
Q. What if someone uses threatening language to me so that I am afraid for my life or safety?
A. Verbal threats are not enough to justify the use of deadly force. There must be an overt act by the person which indicates that he immediately intends to carry out the threat. The person threatened must reasonably believe that he will be killed or suffer serious bodily harm if he does not immediately take the life of his adversary.
Q. What if someone is attacking me in my own home?
A. The courts have created an exception to the duty to retreat called the “castle doctrine.” Under the castle doctrine, you need not retreat from your own home to avoid using deadly force against an assailant. The castle doctrine applies if you are attacked in your own home by an intruder.
Q. What if I am in my place of business and someone comes in to rob me? Do I have to retreat before using deadly force?
A. The castle doctrine also applies when you are in your place of business. If you are in danger of death or great bodily harm or you are trying to prevent a forcible felony, you do not have to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.
Q. What if I point my handgun at someone but don't use it?
A. Never display a handgun to gain "leverage" in an argument. Threatening someone verbally while possessing a handgun, even licensed, will land you in jail for three years. Even if the gun is broken or you don't have bullets, you will receive the mandatory three-year sentence if convicted. The law does not allow any possibility of getting out of jail early.
Example: In a 1987 case, a woman refused to pay an automobile mechanic who she thought did a poor job repairing her car. They argued about it, and the mechanic removed the radiator hose from the car so she couldn't drive it away. She reached into her purse, pulled out an unloaded gun, and threatened to kill the mechanic if he touched her car again. The mechanic grabbed the gun and called the police.
The woman was convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm and sentenced to serve a mandatory three-year prison term. The fact that the gun was not loaded was irrelevant. Even though she was the mother of three dependent children and had no prior criminal record, the statute does not allow for parole. Her only recourse was to seek clemency from the Governor.
Q. When can I use deadly force in the defense of another person?
A. If you see someone who is being attacked, you can use deadly force to defend him/her if the circumstances would justify that person's use of deadly force in his/her own defense. In other words, you "stand in the shoes" of the person being attacked.
Q. What if I see a crime being committed?
A. A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman. But, as stated earlier, deadly force is justified if you are trying to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. The use of deadly force must be absolutely necessary to prevent the crime. Also, if the criminal runs away, you cannot use deadly force to stop him, because you would no longer be "preventing" a crime. If use of deadly force is not necessary, or you use deadly force after the crime has stopped, you could be convicted of manslaughter.
Q. If I get a license to carry a concealed weapon, can I carry it anywhere?
A. No. To get a license you must sign an oath that you have read and understand the Jack Hagler Self-defense Act (Section 790.06, Florida Statutes). That statute lists several places where you may not carry a concealed weapon. You should read subsection 12 for a complete list, but some examples are football, baseball, and basketball games (college or professional) and bars.
A cool head and even temper can keep handgun carriers out of trouble. You should never carry a gun into a situation where you might get angry.
1. Never display a handgun to gain "leverage" in an argument, even if it isn't loaded or you never intend to use it.
2. The amount of force that you use to defend yourself must not be excessive under the circumstances.
- Never use deadly force in self-defense unless you are afraid that if you don't, you will be killed or seriously injured;
- Verbal threats never justify your use of deadly force;
- If you think someone has a weapon and will use it unless you kill him, be sure you are right and are not overreacting to the situation.
3. The law permits you to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense. Carrying a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman or a "good samaritan."
4. Never carry your concealed weapon into any place where the statute prohibits carrying it.
This is not a complete summary of all the statutes and court opinions on the use of deadly force. Because the concealed weapons statute specifies that concealed weapons are to be used for lawful self-defense, we have not attempted to summarize the body of law on lawful defense of property. This information is not intended as legal advice. Every self-defense case has its own unique set of facts, and it is unwise to try to predict how a particular case would be decided. It is clear, however, that the law protects people who keep their tempers under control and use deadly force only as a last resort.
The following is a list of places where you are restricted from carrying a weapon or firearm even if you have a license. Please note that this is a simplified list. The places marked by an asterisk (*) may have exceptions or additional restrictions. See Section 790.06 (12), Florida Statutes for a complete listing.
- any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
- any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
- any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse
- any courtroom*
- any polling place
- any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
- any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
- any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
- any school administration building
- any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption*
- any elementary or secondary school facility
- any area technical center
- any college or university facility*
- inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport*
- any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law
WEAPONS AND FIREARMS
790.001 - Definitions.
790.01 - Carrying concealed weapons.
790.015 - Nonresidents who are United States citizens and hold a concealed weapons license in another state; reciprocity
790.02 - Officer to arrest without warrant and upon probable cause.
790.051 - Exemption from licensing requirements; law enforcement officers.
790.052 - Carrying concealed firearms; off-duty law enforcement officers.
790.053 - Open carrying of weapons.
790.054 - Prohibited use of self-defense weapon or device against law enforcement officer; penalties.
790.06 - License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.
790.0601 - Public records exemption for concealed weapons.
790.061 - Judges and justices; exceptions from licensure provisions.
790.062 - Members and veterans of United States Armed Forces; exceptions from licensure provisions.
790.065 - Sale and delivery of firearms.
790.0655 - Purchase and delivery of handguns; mandatory waiting period; exceptions; penalties.
790.07 - Persons engaged in criminal offense, having weapons.
790.08 - Taking possession of weapons and arms; reports; disposition; custody.
790.09 - Manufacturing or selling slungshot.
790.10 - Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.
790.115 - Possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at a school-sponsored event or on school property prohibited; penalties; exceptions.
790.145 - Crimes in pharmacies; possession of weapons; penalties.
790.15 - Discharging firearm in public or on residential property.
790.151 - Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances; penalties.
790.153 - Tests for impairment or intoxication; right to refuse.
790.155 - Blood test for impairment or intoxication in cases of death or serious bodily injury; right to use reasonable force.
790.157 - Presumption of impairment; testing methods.
790.16 - Discharging machine guns; penalty.
790.161 - Making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing, or discharging any destructive device or attempt so to do, felony; penalties.
790.1612 - Authorization for governmental manufacture, possession, and use of destructive devices.
790.1615 - Unlawful throwing, projecting, placing, or discharging of destructive device or bomb that results in injury to another; penalty.
790.162 - Threat to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device, felony; penalty.
790.163 - False report about planting bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction; penalty.
790.164 - False reports concerning planting a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction in, or committing arson against, state-owned property; penalty; reward.
790.165 - Planting of “hoax bomb” prohibited; penalties.
790.166 - Manufacture, possession, sale, delivery, display, use, or attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction or hoax weapon of mass destruction prohibited; definitions; penalties.
790.169 - Juvenile offenders; release of names and addresses.
790.17 - Furnishing weapons to minors under 18 years of age or persons of unsound mind and furnishing firearms to minors under 18 years of age prohibited.
790.173 - Legislative findings and intent.
790.174 - Safe storage of firearms required.
790.175 - Transfer or sale of firearms; required warnings; penalties.
790.18 - Sale or transfer of arms to minors by dealers.
790.19 - Shooting into or throwing deadly missiles into dwellings, public or private buildings, occupied or not occupied; vessels, aircraft, buses, railroad cars, streetcars, or other vehicles.
790.22 - Use of BB guns, air or gas-operated guns, or electric weapons or devices by minor under 16; limitation; possession of firearms by minor under 18 prohibited; penalties.
790.221 - Possession of short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or machine gun; penalty.
790.225 - Ballistic self-propelled knives; unlawful to manufacture, sell, or possess; forfeiture; penalty.
790.23 - Felons and delinquents; possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons or devices unlawful.
790.233 - Possession of firearm or ammunition prohibited when person is subject to an injunction against committing acts of domestic violence, stalking, or cyberstalking; penalties.
790.235 - Possession of firearm or ammunition by violent career criminal unlawful; penalty.
790.24 - Report of medical treatment of certain wounds; penalty for failure to report.
790.25 - Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.
790.251 - Protection of the right to keep and bear arms in motor vehicles for self-defense and other lawful purposes; prohibited acts; duty of public and private employers; immunity from liability; enforcement.
790.256 - Public service announcements.
790.27 - Alteration or removal of firearm serial number or possession, sale, or delivery of firearm with serial number altered or removed prohibited; penalties.
790.29 - Paramilitary training; teaching or participation prohibited.
790.31 - Armor-piercing or exploding ammunition or dragon’s breath shotgun shells, bolo shells, or flechette shells prohibited.
790.33 - Field of regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted.
790.331 - Prohibition of civil actions against firearms or ammunition manufacturers, firearms trade associations, firearms or ammunition distributors, or firearms or ammunition dealers.
790.333 - Sport shooting and training range protection; liability; claims, expenses, and fees; penalties; preemption; construction.
790.335 - Prohibition of registration of firearms; electronic records.
790.336 - Lists, records, or registries to be destroyed.
790.338 - Medical privacy concerning firearms; prohibitions; penalties; exceptions.