Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Florida Gun Purchasing Laws Differ By County...

After the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack, many publications are reporting today that Florida only has a three day waiting period for purchasing handguns and no waiting period for purchasing a rifle.  

I have always had to wait 5 business days for handguns and rifles, so what gives? 

Apparently Florida Statutes allow the counties to impose their own rules on gun purchasing waiting periods.

In the three counties that make up South Florida: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; the waiting period for purchasing a gun is 5 days. This also applies to rifles, 5 business days in these three counties even though Florida Statute: 790.0655 Purchase and delivery of handguns; mandatory waiting period; exceptions; penalties  states that the waiting period is three business days and immediate purchase for rifles.


If you have a concealed carry license, there is no waiting period in any county in Florida.

If you are not sure what the waiting period is in your county, the quickest way to find out is to call your local gun dealer, they of course are well versed on the local laws that affect and regulate their business.

On June 12th, 2016, Islamic Terrorist Omar Mateen, who lived in Port St. Lucie County, Murdered 49 innocent people in Orlando Florida (Orange County). He passed Federal Backgrounds checks to purchase a gun and worked as an armed security guard. Mateen purchased a handgun in Port St. Lucie County which has a three day waiting period for handguns and same day after background check for rifles. He waited significantly longer than 3 days to pick up his gun.


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