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Procedure to purchase a hand gun and get a conceal carry permit Question.

SLSSLS Posts: 181 Deckhand
I am a Florida resident and I'm curious what the procedure is from start to finish in buying a hand gun and getting a CC permit.

I assume a background check and some type of gun safety classes would be required.


  • FishshrimpsnorkelFishshrimpsnorkel Posts: 1,396 Officer
    A CC permit is not required to purchase a handgun, but it will speed up the process. Otherwise, you will need to wait at least 3 days to receive the gun to allow for a background check (unless you buy from a private owner). A CC course is a good idea, anyway. Basic handgun safety, a drill on rights and responsibilities, etc.
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 3,347 Captain
    If your ex military I believe that counts as training. I believe your discharge papers qualify. You also have to have background check.
  • Triple Threat 33TTriple Threat 33T Posts: 18,668 AG
    No class or anything is required to purchase.... you go into a gun shop, pick out the handgun you want..... pay for it...... Then you wait three business days... come back, they do the call in background check. As long as you do not have something on your record, you walk out with the gun....

    Concealed carry permit.... you have to provide proof of firearms training... Most common is to take a concealed carry class... fill out the application and provide photo and required documentation.... Then mail it in or make an appointment at a local service center (larger cities have them. )

    Florida makes it extreemly easy to purchase a firearm.

    I will say though that if you if you do not have a lot of experience with a firearm, before buying one I would invest the time to learn how to safely handle one. Local gun ranges have plenty of different firearms that they will be more than happy to let you use while they teach you how to use them. That will also help you become familiar with different firearms which will help you make a better decision on which one to purchase.
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  • SLSSLS Posts: 181 Deckhand
    Thanks for all for the information.
    I was more curious than anything else.

    I've only used a hand gun a couple of times many years ago.
    Mostly I'd like to go to a range, rent a gun and shoot and before I'd do that I'd probably take a safety course just for my own piece of mind.

    Other than that I'd probably never purchase a hand gun let alone a CC permit.
  • NoeetticaNoeettica Posts: 2,424 Captain
    WE have several indoor ranges in and around Tampa ...

    They have a wall of guns :-)

    Start out with a .22 ...
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    No one "Owns" the waterways !
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