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    non-resident long gun purchase

    I am a Michigan resident, but Iím currently in florida on a short term work assignment.

    I stopped by a Homestead gun shop a few days ago to look at some long guns. I was told by the employee that he cannot sell to me because I do not have a Florida license.

    I have not been able to find anything in Florida law that requires me to be a Florida resident to purchase a long gun here. Iíve done searches on the web and have not been able to find any helpful information on this subject. I know federally I am allowed, but what about the state of Florida?

    Is there a law that says non-residents of Florida cannot purchase long guns in this state?

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    No. As long as Michigan law allows you to purchase long guns from non-contiguous states (and I believe it does, as of recently), you should be fine. Doesn't surprise me that the shop you were in does not know this, though.

    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.../0790.065.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by FourSeven View Post
    I was told by the employee that he cannot sell to me because I do not have a Florida license.
    The source of the "cannot" needed to be asked. It may be the owner's policy. He is not legally bound to sell to all comers.

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    The question I'd like to ask is, since when does one require a license to purchase a long gun, or any firearm for that matter in Florida?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich7553 View Post
    The question I'd like to ask is, since when does one require a license to purchase a long gun, or any firearm for that matter in Florida?
    I'm sure he meant a FLDL/CWFL for identification purposes.
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    By license, I meant ID.

    I stopped by a different shop today and was told I need to have a Florida hunting license to purchase long guns or a Florida state ID to purchase long guns/handguns.

    She said I would be able to go to the DMV with mail from my address here and be able to obtain a Florida ID without having to forfeit my Michigan driverís license. Does anyone know of this being true?

    I still haven't found anything in the state laws that restricts non-residents from purchasing long guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourSeven View Post
    By license, I meant ID.

    I stopped by a different shop today and was told I need to have a Florida hunting license to purchase long guns or a Florida state ID to purchase long guns/handguns.

    She said I would be able to go to the DMV with mail from my address here and be able to obtain a Florida ID without having to forfeit my Michigan driver’s license. Does anyone know of this being true?

    I still haven't found anything in the state laws that restricts non-residents from purchasing long guns.
    There isn't. They were wrong.

    You can purchase a rifle/shotgun from an FFL in any state, provided that the state laws of both the purchaser and FFL are followed. Florida has no laws prohibiting out of state rifle/shotgun sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    There isn't. They were wrong.

    You can purchase a rifle/shotgun from an FFL in any state, provided that the state laws of both the purchaser and FFL are followed. Florida has no laws prohibiting out of state rifle/shotgun sales.
    Agreed. Sounds like some dealers in S. Fl could use some edumacatin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvrctyrngr View Post
    Agreed. Sounds like some dealers in S. Fl could use some edumacatin'.
    Really? As a seller of guns, one of the first customers against whom I would discriminate is the stoopid one, too stupid to doubt a lie or even an error.

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    I prefer to educate/inform mine instead.
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