In Florida, you do not have to have a permit to purchase a gun, but you must pass a background check and meet several federal and state requirements. If you are shopping for a new gun, it can be helpful to know the requirements before trying to make a purchase.
Not all convictions will prevent you from buying a gun, but all felony convictions will, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If you are under indictment or information for a felony or you are a fugitive from justice, you will not be able to purchase a gun. You will also lose that right if you have been recently arrested for something that could potentially be a felony offense, or any other offense that would prohibit you from owning a gun.