Florida is a non-permissive open carry state, which means that open carry is only permitted for certain activities in the state, such as hunting or self-defense. There are also firearm limitations in the state. For example, you can't take a loaded gun into bars or restaurants. However, concealed weapons are legal in Florida.
If you want to know whether Florida will be an open carry state in 2020, we can tell you that the current law allows for the carrying of firearms in a visible manner. However, there are several restrictions on where and how you can carry your weapon. For example, you can't openly carry a firearm in a restaurant or bar.
Florida's current laws regarding open carry are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021. Until then, you can carry a visible weapon but not in ways that violate other people's rights or the law.
For more information about Florida's gun laws, please visit our law website.
Open carry on foot in a public place is typically prohibited, however in specific instances, as stated by Florida code 790.25, it is permissible (3). For example, open carry is legal when hunting, fishing, camping, attending gun fairs, or target shooting at a gun range, as well as while traveling to and from such activities.
It is important to remember that being open with a firearm in public is not without risk. You should only do so if you are willing to accept the consequences. Anyone who opens carry should also be prepared for violence - whether it comes from a criminal intenting to harm others or simply from a violent person angered by being confronted about their weapon. Open carry advocates say this is a small price to pay for personal protection, but we would argue that self-defense is never worth any measure of privacy or freedom.
Being open with a firearm in public places is acceptable under Florida law provided you have a valid reason for doing so. We recommend that you don't exercise this right unless you really need to and plan your activity carefully around the possibility of running into people who may not know how to react to seeing a firearm in plain view.
It is lawful to carry a handgun on Florida's public beaches, unless otherwise posted. However, keep in mind that concealed carry implies concealment, which may be difficult to do when wearing a bathing suit or bikini. When driving by car, you can carry a concealed weapon with or without a license in Florida. The only requirement is that you must be able to open and close the glove compartment every time you want to carry your firearm.
Carrying a concealed weapon in a holster is allowed if you have a permit. If not, you can carry a loaded pistol in the center console or trunk of your car.
If you are carrying a concealed weapon and stop at the beach patrol station to report a crime, there is a chance that you will be asked to remove the weapon from its concealment place. If this happens, please do so immediately before reporting the crime.
People who carry concealed weapons often wear clothes that hide the presence of the weapon. This is because you never know what might happen once you get onto the beach. You should be aware that if you are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon, then someone in authority could decide not to let you enter the beach area with one. You would not like it if someone denied you access to a public beach because you were carrying a knife or gun illegally.
In 2016, a measure to legalize open carry in Florida passed the Florida House but failed in a Senate committee. A year later, in a lawsuit brought by a St. Lucie County gun owner, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the state statute prohibiting open carry. The court ruled that "the right of armed self-defense is fundamental to the liberty protected by the Second Amendment" and that the statutory prohibition on open carry did not violate the constitutional amendment legalizing bear arms.
Open carry is legal in Florida if you are at least 18 years old. You do not need a permit to openly carry a firearm.
The law was changed after Marissa Alexander was prevented from carrying her gun when she went to pick up her children from school. She had been convicted of aggravated assault for firing a warning shot into the ground to stop her husband from attacking her with a knife. Her first trial ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. Her second trial resulted in a sentence of 20 years.
So, open carry was banned in Florida because some idiot with a gun caused problems for everyone else. The same thing happened in other states too, including Missouri and Illinois.
Here's how many people were killed by open carriers in Florida: 0. Here's how many people have been killed by private citizens with no connection to government agencies: 0. So far.