Florida's gun laws govern the possession, concealment and use of firearms as outlined in Article I, Section 8 of the state's constitution, according to the National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. The law allows licensed holders to carry concealed handguns anywhere except in places such as schools, polling stations and places of nuisance, states the U.S. Law Shield.
The constitutional provisions of the state of Florida assert the right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves, their properties and the state, except where the law states otherwise. Article I, Section 8 of the state's constitution allows adult citizens of the state to keep firearms for hunting, sporting activities and for defending themselves and their interests, states the National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. Citizens do not require a permit to purchase, register or license rifles, shotguns or handguns. However, bearers of handguns must acquire carrying permits.
Florida's gun laws specify acceptable situations for using firearms to exert deadly force. Owners of firearms may use deadly force to prevent forcible felonies such as murder, treason, carjacking, aggravated assault and home invasions, according to the U.S. Law Shield. The law deems it reasonable to use deadly force if an individual forcibly enters or attempts to enter private property and forcibly removes or attempts to remove the rightful owner from the property in question.