State of Florida Mandated Gun-Free Zones

gunfreezoneOnce an applicant has met the eligibility requirements, obtained training, obtained fingerprints and a photo, submitted an application, and paid the fees he or she will most likely receive a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License. Unfortunately, Florida law dictates that there are many places that are totally off-limits for weapons, even with the CCW license. The following is a list of places that are off-limits when carrying a weapon in Florida (Florida Statute 790.06 Section 12a):

  • any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
  • any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse
  • any courtroom
  • any polling place
  • any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district,
  • municipality, or special district
  • any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • any school administration building
  • any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption
  • any elementary or secondary school facility
  • any area technical center
  • any college or university facility
  • inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law


Even though the 2nd Amendment does not mention any of these places, it is still wise to understand all applicable local laws when carrying a concealed weapon or firearm. Sometimes a legitimate business that is NOT in the above list will still post a “no guns allowed” sign on the front door or window. These signs are not legally binding and tread on our rights as law abiding citizens. As long as the business or location is not listed in the State of Florida Statute above, you are still legally permitted to carry your firearm into the business. Please use your best judgement and be a responsible gun owner and citizen.