Florida Gun Transfer Laws

By Monty Dayton - Updated June 05, 2017
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Although Florida is known for having liberal firearms laws that grant more rights than restrictions to residents, the state's laws do include several statutes that deal specifically with the transfer of firearms. Under most conditions, transferring a gun is perfectly fine as long as it is done in accordance with the various laws.

Age Requirements

Firearms can be transferred only between legal adults. A minor is anyone under the age of 18 in Florida. A minor can receive a gun as a gift, however, if his parents and/or legal guardians both agree to it. In other words, a father can transfer a gun to his son as a gift if the mother is also OK with it, but a family friend cannot do so without both parents' permission.

Transfer Responsibilities

As of 2016, transferring a firearm between adults does not require a license or record, although maintaining an unofficial record of the transaction is always a good idea for legal protection. Although the sale or the gift of a firearm is legal, there are several things you might want to take into consideration before you do so. The giver can still be held responsible for illegal actions if the person who received the gun was a convicted felon, is found to be mentally disturbed, has a well-known bad temper, is an alcoholic or drug addict, or if there was any good reason to believe the gun was going to be used illegally.

Registration and Licensing Laws

As of 2016, Florida does not require individuals to apply for a special permit or license to carry a rifle, shotgun or handgun. Because of this, technically it is not illegal to transfer a gun between two people without telling the state or authorities. That being said, it's always a good idea to have a written contract to offer some sort of legal protection if that firearm should end up being used in a crime in the future.

About the Author

Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.

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