In Florida to be an armed security guard that carries a firearm in the performance of your security duties, you must obtain a Class G Statewide Firearm License. The firearm must be required by your employing agency and must be carried openly. You will need to do a physical medical test and pass as well a firearm proficiency course that includes a written portion and a target-shooting portion in order to qualify for the Class G Security Officer license. You must have a valid Class D Security Officer License in order to obtain the G License.
Florida New Glass G Security Guard Training Requirements & Fees
In order to qualify for the Class G Security Officer license, you must have successfully completed 28 hours of range and classroom training provided by a licensed Class K Firearms Instructor within the preceding 12 months. The firearms instructor will issue you a Certificate of Firearms Proficiency (Form DACS-16005) upon completion of the firearms training. A copy of this certificate must be included with your application. Your firearms training includes lessons such as weapons instruction, marksmanship, gun safety, gun care and maintenance, hand-to-hand combat techniques, rules of engagement and use of deadly force.28-hours of Range and Class
- If you are certified by FDLE’s Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) as a law enforcement officer or correctional officer and you are currently employed in either of these capacities, a copy of your valid ID card issued to you by your employing law enforcement agency will satisfy the training requirement.
- If within the preceding 12 months you have successfully completed a training program approved by the CJSTC for certification of graduates as law enforcement officers or correctional officers, a copy of your certificate of completion from that program will satisfy the training requirement.
- If you qualify for a Class “K” Firearms Instructor License, a copy of one of the law enforcement or security firearms instructor certificates listed in this section will satisfy the training requirement.
FL Armed Security Guard Other Requirements
- Unless otherwise approved by the Division of Licensing, a Class D licensee who has been issued a Class G license may carry a .38 caliber revolver; or a .380 caliber or 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol; or a .357 caliber revolver with .38 caliber ammunition only. If an armed security officer’s duties require a firearm such as a shotgun, etc., a written waiver must be obtained from the Division prior to its use. Waivers must be requested by the licensed agency and will be granted only upon a showing of sufficient need.
- No licensee may carry more than two firearms upon her or his person when performing her or his duties. A licensee may only carry a firearm of the specific type and caliber with which she or he is qualified pursuant to the firearms training referenced in s.493.6115 (8), FS.
- Pursuant to section 493.6115, FS, a Class D Security Guard licensee can bear a firearm only if they also have a Class G license.
- A Class D licensee who has also been issued a Class G license must keep their firearm in a holster and in plain view at all times.
- A Class D Security Officer who also possesses a Class G license may carry a firearm only when the duty assignment requires armed security and only while on the post of duty. Section 493.6115(3), F.S.
- Example: A Florida Class D Security Officer who also has a Class G license and is normally assigned to an armed post is assigned, temporarily, to an unarmed post. He may not carry his firearm on the temporary assignment.
- Example: The same security officer, while serving on his usual armed post, may not wear his firearm when he leaves his assigned post for other than duty purposes, such as for lunch, or when traveling to or from home. During such non-duty periods, the firearm must be removed and secured.
- Example: A Security Officer without a Class G license may not be assigned a vehicle that contains a shotgun.
- Example: A Security Officer without a Class G license may not be assigned to a perimeter gate guard shack where firearms are kept in a locked gun rack if the officer is issued keys to the gun rack.
Firearms and Ammunition
Class D licensees, who also have a Class G license, can only use standard (factory) ammunition of a type and load, which is appropriate for their location and duty requirements. Use of the following type ammunition by an armed security officer is prohibited:
- Glaser-type or any other pre-fragmented-type bullets
- Exploding bullets
- Full metal jacket (fmj)/full metal case (fmc) bullets except in semiautomatic firearms
- Teflon-coated (ktw-type) or any other type of armor piercing bullets
- Full wadcutter bullets (except on firing range)
- Reloads (except on firing range)
Glass G Application Process
Follow the instructions in the Unarmed Security Guard post to get your Class D Security Officer license, except after you complete your firearm training, fill out the form for the Class G license instead of the Class D license.