Yes, there are. First of all, you should be aware that, as noted above, you are limited in many states as to the type of weapon that you can conceal. Many states allow concealed carry of handguns or pistols only.
Most states' gun laws prohibit carrying concealed weapons into such places as schools, bars, courthouses etc. Florida's list of designated "No Carry" places is found in Section 790.06(12), Florida Statutes.
A licensee planning to travel to another state should consult that state's laws or call a law enforcement agency in that state to find out precisely what carry restrictions apply. Also, if you are a member of the USCCA they have a great app that alerts you once you have crossed state lines and informs you on what laws are now in place.
No, the department is now expediting all Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications submitted by active military members and veterans.
Active military personnel who want to apply for a concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications. The department will also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status.
Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
- Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (U.S.) AND be a U.S. citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. Those who are 'Resident Aliens' must provide a valid Permanent Resident Alien card.
The first step to getting your concealed carry permit is to take the 4 hour course taught by a trained firearm instructor(s) certified through the NRA or the USCCA, which costs between $80 and $100 dollars a person depending on what the instructor includes in the course (range and ammunition etc.) In this course you learn the basics, in detail, on how guns work and operate, state gun laws, situational awareness, and how to pass a proper gun competency test which is completed after the course in a gun range. Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate which you will need when applying for your permit.