How do I buy a handgun in Florida? Which is the best one to get for personal protection?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    First, you need to be 21. Second, you need some form of id (like a driver's license). Third, go to a gun store and pick out the handgun you like. Fourth, after background check, you can take it home.

    Important...there is no open carry of handguns in the St of FL. So if you want to carry a handgun off your property then you must have a concealed weapons permit. see link:

    If you have the permit before you buy the handgun then the backgorund check takes a few minutes, and I don't know how long it takes if you don't have a concealed weapons permit.

    Good choices for personal defense:

    Glocks -

    Sig Sauers -

    H&Ks -

    Springfield XDs -

    CZs -

    Ruger -

    If price is a consideration take a look at the used market. I've also heard (no personal experience) that the Bersa Thunder (.380 Auto) is a good budget handgun (new for around $350). However, I would stick with either a 9mm (cheapest ammo of the ones I listed), .40 S&W, .45 ACP, or .357 magnum. Another plus with the .357 Magnum is that it can also fire .38 Specials (a lesser round but still good for personal defense).

    Good luck.

    Source(s): my opinion
  • 1 decade ago

    Go to a range and rent several pistols and revolvers to see what works for you.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can go to your local street corner.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    go to a gun shop, show then id and make purchase after they do a background check on you.

    for handguns get a .9 mm Glock, but if i were you id just get an AR-16 and keep it below the passengers side

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