The term "Class III" as it relates to firearms licensing is complicated, since a true Class III license actually refers to federal licensing under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as opposed to state licensing and is often used casually to refer to a specific type of license for owning and trading old or "
relic" guns. To obtain a license to carry a gun in Florida, even those considered Class III, is fairly simple and straightforward.
Complete a safety training course. The state of Florida requires this of all applicants, who must obtain and submit proof of such training. The list of approved courses is quite broad and includes law enforcement training, most NRA (National Rifle Association) courses, classes taught by the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife, military training and similar courses.
Set up an appointment for gun license application. This can be done in advance with any of the state's eight licensing offices.
Pay the fee for the license application. At the time of securing the appointment with the state's licensing division, current fee schedules for the license application process will be disclosed. Applicants may pay the fee with a personal check, money order or cashier's check. State licensing offices cannot accept cash or credit card payments.
Provide provide proof of legal residency if you are not a citizen of the United States.
Provide a photocopy of the arrest disposition if you have ever been arrested.
While Florida has rather liberal gun ownership laws, be aware of all current laws and law changes as they concern concealment, ownership and storage of a loaded weapon.
Florida has reciprocal agreements with many states as it relates to concealed weapons, but those laws and reciprocal agreements can change quickly and with little notice. You are responsible for knowing current laws, and the Florida Division of Licensing maintains an updated website for all such laws and changes.
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