Looking to get your CCW? In order to receive your CCW in Florida, there are a few eligibility requirements you must pass. First and foremost, you must be 21 years old or older. You cant be 18 years old or 20.9999 years old. Nope ! You must be at least 21 years old.
Second, you must be able to demonstrate firearm competency. This means you know how to handle a gun - which includes loading and unloading the firearm and demonstrating basic firearm safety procedures.
Third, you must be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States on United States soil.
According to the State of Florida, the following are possible reasons for CCW ineligibility.
The physical inability to handle a firearm safely.
A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).
Having adjudication withheld or sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three years have elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled.
A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.
A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.
A record of drug or alcohol abuse.
Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.
Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.
Failing to provide proof of proficiency with a firearm.
Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.
Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.
A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
Being a fugitive from justice.
Now here are a couple of suggestions when taking a CCW class.
If male, bring your wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter and mom. If a female, bring your husband, boyfriend, brother, son and father. Why this suggestion? Everyone needs to become more educated on the in’s and out’s - and potential consequences of having a CCW and it is a little easier when you take the class with someone you know and love.
Write down any and all questions you may have. Some questions may be a little easier for your significant other to ask (this goes both ways).
Ask a lot of questions. Ask a lot of questions. Ask a lot of questions.
Once you have your CCW, the next step is to choose a pistol and caliber that you are comfortable with using and is adaptable to your particular method of concealment. So what calibers are good for concealed carry? Well, the following are the most popular CCW calibers in order:
But the most popular are the 9mm and .380 ACP and by far the most popular CCW pistol caliber is the 9mm. Its combination of stopping power and concealable size and comfort - for all body sizes - overall has made this a caliber a popular choice. Some popular 9mm choices include the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield, the CZ P-10 and the Sig P320X (see links below).
Another popular CCW caliber is the small and compact .380. Smaller than the your typical .9mm both in size and stopping power - It remains a popular choice due to its compact size which is perfect for smaller framed individuals. Some popular choices for .380 ACP's are the Glock 42, Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and the Ruger LCP II(see links below).
Once you have chosen the best firearm for your size and that you are comfortable with now its time to choose your holster - and there are a lot of choices, a lot ! Some of the most important features to consider are:
Where are you planning on concealing your pistol (on your person or in a purse)?
Inside the waistband or outside the waistband holster? Side, front or small of the back or a shoulder harness (there is a different holster for each)?
how do your holster choices feel? Any discomfort?
How has your dress changed to conceal the firearm? Are you fine with it?
In the final analysis, do your research on ALL aspects of containing your CCW and ask a lot of questions along the way. You will not regret it later. If you have any questions on any part of the CCW process give us a call at 407-201-6133 or stop in one of our three Central Florida locations and we will be happy to assist you.