Where Does a Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Allow Me to Carry My Gun?

Mon, Jan 7, 2013

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by DvortygirlIn December 2012, Florida issued its millionth concealed weapons permit. This is a milestone that did not go unnoticed, and one that puts Florida in the news again.

“Concealed weapon” is a term that confuses many, however. What exactly is a concealed weapon? Moreover, where can I actually carry this concealed weapon? Attorney Christopher D. Smith with SmithLaw Attorneys of Lakewood Ranch, Florida offers this basic Florida concealed weapons information as a starting point to find out the answers to those questions.

Chapter 790 of the Florida State Statutes covers weapons and firearms in general. Sprinkled throughout this chapter are numerous mentions of concealed weapons. 790.6 is of special interest, as it defines exactly who can be licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm and offers detailed information about what that means. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, headed by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, also offers a handy quiz on its website about who is eligible to have a concealed weapon or firearm permit.

What is a concealed weapon or concealed firearm? Concealed weapon is a very broad term. As quoted from the Florida State Statutes, a concealed weapon “means any dirk, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of another person.”A concealed firearm “means any firearm, as defined in subsection (6), which is carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the firearm from the ordinary sight of another person.”

Further, subsection 6 defines a firearm as “any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device; or any machine gun. The term “firearm” does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime.”

Where can I carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm if I have a Florida concealed weapons permit? First off, Florida has a reciprocity agreement with some other states. Therefore, those with valid Florida permits can carry in a few other states too. (However, those states may have different laws than Florida about where you can carry your concealed weapon—so be sure and educate yourself about that too.) The best way to be sure you can legally carry a concealed weapon or firearm using your Florida permit while traveling is to bookmark this page from the Florida Department of Agriculture: https://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/news/concealed_carry.html

As for what places you can carry your concealed weapon in Florida, some places are almost always off limits. This usually includes schools, school events, courtrooms, prisons, etc. The best place to look up this type of information is on this page of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s website.

A gun in your car is another hot topic. Florida law allows some persons to carry a gun in their vehicle to certain places, especially those “encased” or not “readily accessible” for immediate use. (The Florida State Statutes are the best place for you to go to find out who this applies to, specifically Statutes 790.25 and 790.251.) The concealed weapons section of the Statutes also addresses cars in its specific statute, 790.06.

Anyone who handles a gun should do it safely. Those with concealed weapons permits should always be aware of the laws surrounding the permit and make sure they are within the law. It is especially important to keep updated on changes in the law, to be sure that you are not following an outdated one. In addition, this blog post is not meant to be an authoritative source on concealed weapons, but simply a starting point. As stated above, the Florida Department of Agriculture is one of the best places to start to find accurate information.

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