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States Recognizing Florida License

States Recognizing Florida License


  • October 15, 2015: Effective this date, Maine will honor a Florida concealed weapon license.
  • April 25, 2013: Effective this date, Washington will no longer honor a Florida concealed weapon license.
  • February 4, 2013: Effective this date, Pennsylvania will no longer honor a Florida concealed weapon license if the license holder is not a resident of the state of Florida.

It is important for license holders to understand that when they are traveling in or through another state they are subject to the firearm laws of that state. We have provided links to the state laws or to the licensing authorities’ Web page of each of our reciprocity states so that licensees can do the necessary planning and research when preparing to travel.

(1) While Florida’s law allows licensees to carry stun guns, knives, and billy clubs in a concealed fashion, the laws in these states allow for concealed carry of handguns or pistols only, not weapons in general. Florida license holders are prohibited from carrying other types of weapons while in these states.

(2) The State of Vermont does not issue weapon/firearms licenses. Florida licensees ­ indeed, licensed or unlicensed citizens from any state ­ may carry in Vermont. This presents a problem for reciprocity with Florida. Florida law provides that an out-­of-­state resident must have in his or her immediate possession a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm. Since Vermont residents have no such license, the right to concealed carry cannot be extended to them under Florida law.

(3) Individuals under 21 years of age qualify for concealed weapon licenses in these states. HOWEVER, any licensee of these reciprocity states who is not 21 years of age or older is prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon or firearm in Florida.

(4) These states will honor the Florida concealed weapon license only if the licensee is a resident of the state of Florida.

(5) These states issue concealed carry licenses to qualified individuals who are non­residents. These non­resident permits cannot be honored under Florida’s reciprocity provision.