If you’re traveling across state lines, Florida CCW reciprocity means you can carry your weapon in certain states, but there are some important details you will need to remember.
Once you receive your Florida Concealed Weapons Permit you will be legally allowed to conceal a weapon in the 37 blue States. If you have not taken a concealed carry class with Tampa Carry yet, take a look now at our
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Section 790.015, Florida Statutes, allows Florida to recognize concealed weapon licenses issued by other states if the other state agrees to recognize Florida concealed weapon licenses.
Florida has reached reciprocity agreements with the states listed below. A Florida concealed weapon license is valid in any of these states, and concealed weapon licenses issued to residents of these states are valid in Florida; exceptions are noted.
Each state's firearm laws are different. License holders traveling in other states are subject to the firearm laws of those states. Select the links below to find information about each state's firearm laws.
The blue states recognize the Florida Concealed Weapons Permit and Florida recognizes their state’s permit, this is called reciprocity. This does not mean that the blue states have similar laws. In fact the laws vary significantly from state to state. For the most updated information, you can view a list of reciprocal states here >>
Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Reciprocal States
The red states are the anti American states. These are the states that have the strictest gun laws in the Nation and no Florida CCW reciprocity exists with them. Personally, I would avoid the red states altogether. But if you must enter one of these states you can view each state's laws on traveling with a firearm below. Before you enter a red state you should know every firearm law available, this is a really big deal.
It’s Up To You To Know The Firearm Laws Before You Go...
It’s your responsibility to research the laws of every state before you cross state lines. Some of the most important questions I look to find answers to when planning a road trip are:
✅ What firearms or weapons can I lawfully posses?
It’s not possible to over prepare for a road trip when firearms are involved. Plan ahead or find a good attorney, the choice is yours.
If you’ve got questions about traveling with your weapon, then check out my post; 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling with Firearms.
What if my Final Destination is a Red State?
My family and I drive to Canada every year to visit family. The drive is thirty six hours, and there isn’t a chance in hell I'm driving across country without a gun.
You're probably asking yourself “What do you do with your gun before you enter Canada?”
Great question, in North Dakota I found an old oak tree and I burry my gun beside it. I’m joking but I did find a gun store in North Dakota. I drop my gun off for gun smithing, usually just a cleaning, the gunsmith tells me “Your gun will be ready for pick up tomorrow” “Perfect, i'll see you in three weeks” I replied.
Then I’m back on the road. You may want to use this strategy if your final destination is a red state, but again this only applies on a road trip.
I know what you're thinking “I can’t bring a gun on an airplane” well you're right, but it can be in your checked luggage.
To learn about TSA rules and federal law read my article;
Traveling with a Firearm on an Airplane.
It's important to note that your firearm or firearms must be lawful to possess in your final destination state and if you have a layover in New York make sure you are overly prepared to handle any legal issues. From what I hear the state of New York hands out $15,000 firearm fines like my kids eat candy.
Avoid the State of NY, it's in your best interests.
As you can see from the map, there are a lot of states that have Florida Concealed Carry License reciprocity.
Don’t just take this to mean you can carry your firearm in the same way you do in Florida though. Each state has its own legislations, and it’s vitally important you do your research before traveling with your weapon.
Likewise, if you’re traveling to a red state or Canada, or taking a flight, you’ve really got to make sure you understand the laws in detail, otherwise you can find yourself in trouble.
Florida Concealed Weapons permit reciprocity is a good guide, but you’ve still got to make sure you’re aware of individual state laws.
Here are some additional Resources that will help you complete detailed research into each state's firearms laws.
NRA Institute of Legislative Action
This is the NRA’s legal website. They provide bullet points for each state's firearms laws. The NRA also lists pending or proposed laws, revisions and news that affects each state.
This websites provides pretty good information even though the site doesn’t look very nice.