Florida G License vs a CWP

At ESS Global, we often get questions on “G” and “CWP” rules, laws and reciprocity, so we thought it was time for a Florida G license vs a CWP “FAQ”, to set the record straight. There is plenty of misinformation, so we consulted with one of our top trainers, Mr. John Goldsboro at S1 Firearms Training. John is an NRA certified firearms instructor and a K licensed firearms instructor for the state of Florida. He is also a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for ESS Global Corp.

Florida G License vs a CWP FAQ

Question: I have a Florida statewide “G” license. Can I carry when driving back and forth from work?
Answer: Yes, you can carry/wear your firearm while traveling directly to/from home/armed post.
Question: If have a Florida “G” license, can I work in other states?
Answer: A Florida “G” license is only valid in the state of Florida. If you want to work armed in that state some require you to have their states armed license and a CWP might not be sufficient. Our advice? Call a law enforcement agency in that state to find out precisely what you need to do to follow the laws in that particular state.
Question: I may be working in the Close Protection industry. Do I get a “G” license because it’s for work? Or do I apply for a personal CWP?
Answer: To work any armed security position in the state of Florida you must have both a Class “D” (Unarmed Security License) and a Class “G” License (Armed Security License). If you plan to carry and you expect to work Close Protection assignments outside of Florida, You’ll want a CWP (as long as it’s in the 35 states that honor a Florida CWP). It’s always best to check the state you are traveling to.
Question: When I get a Florida Concealed Carry Permit, what other states is it valid in and what do I do when traveling through a state which doesn’t recognize my Florida CWP?
Answer: A Florida Concealed weapons permit is valid in the following 35 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico,  North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,  Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.
When traveling through the 15 states (and DC) that do not have a reciprocity agreement, ESS Global encourages licensees planning to travel to another state to consult that state’s laws or call a law enforcement agency in that state to find out precisely what carry restrictions apply.
Question: I have a Florida Concealed Weapon/Firearm Permit, but I am not a legal resident of Florida. Can I travel to the states that recognize Florida licenses and still carry a concealed weapon?
Answer: Nope, Florida does not recognize an out-of-state permit that was issued to a non-resident of the licensing state, and other states do not recognize a nonresident Florida carry permit.
Question: I am considering carrying and I recently got an email saying I would need a “Florida Carry Badge”. Is that the same as a permit?
Answer: To carry concealed in the state of Florida you must take a CWP course by a NRA or State Certified instructor or school. After completing the course and successfully submitting your application, you will receive a Florida State CWP Permit Licensed I.D. To legally carry in the state of Florida and its states of reciprocity all you need is your state issued I.D.  CWP Badges are not a requirement and that purchase us up to each licensee. These badges are simply a novelty item. Feel free to ignore their implications that these are “required to remain in compliance” and other sales pitches.
ESS Global Corp - Florida G license vs a CWPWhether you need training for a “D” Security license, a “G” license, or the required training to apply for a concealed weapon permit (CWP), remember that ESS Global Corp is the only protection school in the state of Florida that is licensed by the US Department of Education.



Tampa Concealed Carry Training

If you are looking for Tampa concealed carry training, you should know that there are CWP Trainers, CWP Classes and CWP Schools. A “school” needs to be certified by the State (in this case Florida) Department of Education.
That being said, the fact is that there is but one Protection School in Florida that is certified by the D.O.E. and that would be ESS Global Corp.
ESS would like to point out that the Florida statues require CWP training in order to apply for a concealed Weapons Permit (CWP).
If you are in the Tampa area, why would you not want the very best CWP training available in the state?
So maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a CWP. As ESS sees it there are 2 valid reasons.

  • You can be safe without firing one shot.  Government figures from the National Survey of Criminal Victimization show just shy of 100,000 uses a year of guns in self-defense against crime and violence, with “the vast majority of these uses being the display of weapons to deter or dissuade the intended crime.” But remember that carrying a weapon is a deterrent to crime. If you think it’s cool to pull out a weapon just to scare people away, that is a crime as well.
  • One never knows where trouble starts. You go to the grocery store, make a quick visit to an ATM, or just walk down your street on a summer evening.  All your day to day activities are fine right until that moment when it becomes a threat in just the blink of an eye.  The simple truth is, “a gun that’s not cocked, locked, loaded and on your person is statistically the same as having no gun at all.” 

Earn your class certification to get your concealed weapons license with our NRA certified instructor.  You will learn the laws based on the Florida Statutes relating to concealed carry and cover safety techniques as well.  Our class takes 2 hours to complete. You will leave with your certificate in your hand.  The course outline is as follows:

Tampa Concealed Carry Training

  • INTRODUCTIONESS Global Tampa Concealed Carry Training

Tampa Concealed Carry Training $70 – (on sale now for $50) and you leave with the certification needed to successfully apply for a concealed weapons permit (and the course is fun too).
Join us soon. You may take the course at our office or we will come to you.  Ask about our in-home, business, and group options.