Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Lawful Self-Defense

Use of Deadly Force for Lawful Self-Defense

Section 776.012, Florida Statutes (F.S.), is important Florida law governing the justifiable use of force, including deadly force by private citizens. The link to this particularly important law is provided to our concealed weapon license holders and applicants to ensure access to the most up-to-date statutory language outlining acceptable use of force by Floridians.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is not authorized to provide specific guidance concerning the use of deadly force to concealed weapon license holders. FDACS is charged by statute with administering the provisions of the concealed weapon licensing program in accordance with Section 790.06, F.S., but has no authority to enforce any laws relating to the use of weapons or firearms by license holders.