My text is in red.Ok so I was born and raised in Florida. I've been living in Michigan for the past 12 years. I have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License. I understand that MI and FL are reciprocal in recognition of each other's concealed license. I am moving back to Florida in October to accept a job offer.
Just so I understand this correctly:
790.251 = Legal to carry in a vehicle WITHOUT a license as long as it is in the glove compartment? (more for my wife than myself)
This is correct. Just make sure that, unless and until a "need" arizes, the gun STAYS in the glove box (or zippered gun case, or any of the other allowed containers).
I have heard that FL is SUPER strict about printing or accidental exposure. Opinions on this. I understand concealed means concealed, but printing happens, as does accidental exposure. However:
790.053 seems to say that this is not a direct violation of the law. (Yes I understand I should do everything in my power to not print or accidentally expose... but it happens). Am I understanding this properly?
This part of the law is sortof in dispute. For years, it was required that the gun cannot carried openly, with some cops potentially interpreting this to include no printing (I should note that Texas is the one that is really notorious for arresting people for printing). The law was changed recently to allow "brief" exposure and to allow OC in certain circumstances (like fishing, if I recall correctly). Right now, "brief exposure" and "engaged in specified activities" are open to interpretation. Using one of them may (or probably, for that matter) lead to you being a test case. For now, conceal and minimize printing as best as you can.
My other question is, is my MI License transferable? OR do I have to go through the entire process all over again? Is there a grace period like when changing over a driver's license?
I'm not sure about this one. One thing I will note is that Florida recognizes Michigan permits issued to RESIDENTS of Michigan (Florida has this same residency requirement for all recognized out-of-state permits). So, if you are now a (legally defined) resident of Florida, STOP CARRYING UNTIL YOU GET YOUR FLORIDA PERMIT (except the car carry, as noted above)! Failure to do so could lead to you getting a FELONY on your record!
If there are any other tips that may be useful, they will be very much appreciated.