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Does Florida Require Live Range Fire to Get A CCW Permit?

Across the country, the number of concealed carry permit applicants has been on the rise, however from state to state the rules to receive said permit can be quite different. For example. some states require concealed carry applicants to prove their handgun competency by firing the handgun as a prerequisite to applying.

So being the proponents of firearm education that we are, we at Concealed Carry Inc. feel it is a good idea for citizens to acquire as much training as they can as part of their journey to being a safe and capable concealed carrier, however before worrying about what you should do as a new applicant, let’s take a look at what you must do to receive a permit in your state.

Florida is included in the number of states that require live fire. This means that you will need to go through a course, in which you will have to show your ability to handle firing a live firearm, but the course that you go through may be a custom one designed by your instructor.

Regardless of what you decide, remember that your handgun is only as effective as you are trained and practiced with it. Seek out ongoing training and practice opportunities as often as time and finances allow for it. If you feel uncomfortable or incompetent on the range, seek out professional help!

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13 Responses to Does Florida Require Live Range Fire to Get A CCW Permit?

  1. CTF February 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

    The unfortunate part is some “Courses” only ask you to pull the trigger of a 22LR into a discharge box ONCE to qualify.

    Not a demonstration of competency in my opinion.

    • carlo July 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

      Understood, but technically, this meets the requirements of the law.

      Not every gun store can afford to install a shooting range or use their competitors facilities for every CWP course.

      • Mike April 26, 2019 at 1:18 am #

        If they can’t afford a range or rent a firing range then they shouldn’t be teaching it. I know a few people who have their cwp and have never fired a gun before and many who can’t hit a target 5 ft in front of them (not a person who should be conceal carrying). Might as well give driver and pilot licenses away too since not everyone can afford to test for competency.

        • William Martin March 31, 2020 at 11:34 am #

          hahahahaha, can I get my pilots license without being able to fly? Can I operate on this guys wife, even though I am not a doctor? lmao.

          I bet they wont approve my comment..

        • Miguel June 16, 2020 at 9:05 am #

          It is because of people like you that we have restrictions of our God given rights to begin with. Who is the State to tell us when we are “allowed” to carry or not carry. We are free people. Open your eyes.

          • Fred May 27, 2021 at 7:42 pm #

            Please show me in the Bible what rights has God given us.

      • William Martin March 31, 2020 at 11:31 am #

        then that store shouldnt offer training.

  2. Richard February 4, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    I am prior service military where I was an infantryman.. can that count as proper training to be able to obtain a cwp or will I still have to attend a course?

    • Miguel June 16, 2020 at 9:07 am #

      You do not have to take a course in order to apply for your CCW in Florida. You must show proof of military (DD214) at the time of applying. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

    • Kate k June 22, 2020 at 4:33 am #

      So long as your DD214 shows that you were not dishonorably discharged thats all you need to apply in the state of florida anyways

    • Jason B September 23, 2020 at 11:45 am #

      Whether it’s easy or not, to answer your question as an ex Army Ranger yes is something that we still have to take, a live firing course. Don’t even waste your time trying to argue with them I mean as a ranger I couldn’t even get them to give me a $5 discount code for crying out loud but look at it like if your ex military, like me we know exactly what we’re doing and we were taught to do it well. But from what I’ve heard they’re not super picky I don’t know I am just telling you what I’ve heard, it really is kind of annoying to have to take a another test just for competency. It’s like we wouldn’t be going after getting our CCW if we didn’t know how to shoot a gun.

      • Thomas R January 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm #

        I’m ex military too. I am also a multidisciplinary NRA firearms instructor, a RSO and a Utah CWP Instructor. I absolutely believe that the live fire requirement is smart.
        Being a veteran is hopefully an indication that a student has established basic, minimal firearms proficiencies but it’s no guarantee.
        In my experience it is military vets and LOE’s who are the most difficult students.
        A core principle in NRA training is embracing KSA, or Knowledge (ok), Skills (still ok) and Attitude…Attitude is where the wheels come off the wagon with lots of folks, especially vets and cops.
        Residual from our military training is confidence in our abilities. Many firearms skills are perishable and when we enter a civilian environment there are differences in application of all 3…K, S and A.

        For the few hours of your life necessary to satisfy the requirements I have found that almost every student has admitted to learning something…maybe not a lot and honestly, I have learned from students…we should always be learning, not stagnating.
        An MOS or Rating may be badass on paper (DD-214) but for the 11B or the GMG who has been out of it for a while, a little refresher is a good thing.

        Embrace training and wear it with pride.

  3. John r June 9, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

    You should have to shoot a qualifying score to get you CCF license. And the every year qualify again! If that’s too much then you don’t get to carry.

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