Concealed and open carry laws can sometimes be very confusing and difficult to keep up with, so Hollowpoint Apparel decided to help you understand the law when it comes to firearms in Florida. Below we have compiled all the information concerned with open carry and concealed carry laws. We have broken the legal jargon down, so that everyone, from people without guns to professional shooters, can understand gun laws 100 percent.
To begin, the issuing of guns across the nation typically fall into four jurisdiction categories: unrestricted, shall-issue, may-issue and no- issue. Florida is considered a shall-issue jurisdiction state.
This jurisdiction requires a license to carry a concealed handgun only when all requirements for said license are met. The granting authority has no discretion in the shall-issue jurisdiction, meaning if the authority feels the applicant does not have "good cause" he/she does not have the power to deny the applicant a license. There is no requirement for the applicant to prove "good cause" when applying for the license. The only requirements that must be fulfilled to obtain a concealed carry license are the following:
When carrying your concealed weapon, it is OK to briefly and openly display your firearm to others in a very non-threatening, ordinary manner. If the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry manner, not in self-defense, this is unlawful and you will be arrested and possibly charged.
Open carry laws are much easier to remember than concealed carry laws because the only circumstances, as defined by Florida statute 790.25(3), that you can openly carry are while hunting, fishing, camping, at gun shows or while shooting at a range. You can also openly carry your firearm while you are walking to and from these activities.
Keep in mind there are designated seasons and areas for each of these activities and you should do your research to make sure where you want to open carry is indeed a place that is lawful to do so.
The open carry ban statute is currently being challenged in Court. In 2010, Florida was one of seven states to ban open carrying of a weapon.
Before you conceal check to make sure you are lawfully concealing your firearm. If you are not sure, check the Florida Senate Statutes for a list of up-to-date laws.