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    Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville

    Long story short, we live in GA but will have to be traveling to Jacksonville for a few weeks at the end of the year. We are going to the Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville and will be staying somewhere near by in a hotel most likely.

    My wife and I conceal carry daily and have for many years. We both have a Georgia Weapons License. I am somewhat familiar with FL law, but there is a clause about mental health facilities and I think that the hospital has a mental health section.

    We will be there for a child birth, so I think we will be in a different part of the hospital, but what to make sure there will not be any issues as long as we conceal deep while there. I don't want any issues while there but also do not feel comfortable leaving a couple of expensive guns in a rental car or hotel all day.

    Does anybody have any experience with this hospital and any gun policies or restrictions?

    What about the general area of the south side of Jacksonville around the hospital? Fairly nice, safe area or stay somewhere else?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spotco2 View Post
    Long story short, we live in GA but will have to be traveling to Jacksonville for a few weeks at the end of the year. We are going to the Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville and will be staying somewhere near by in a hotel most likely.

    My wife and I conceal carry daily and have for many years. We both have a Georgia Weapons License. I am somewhat familiar with FL law, but there is a clause about mental health facilities and I think that the hospital has a mental health section.

    We will be there for a child birth, so I think we will be in a different part of the hospital, but what to make sure there will not be any issues as long as we conceal deep while there. I don't want any issues while there but also do not feel comfortable leaving a couple of expensive guns in a rental car or hotel all day.

    Does anybody have any experience with this hospital and any gun policies or restrictions?

    What about the general area of the south side of Jacksonville around the hospital? Fairly nice, safe area or stay somewhere else?

    Thanks in advance.
    Does anybody have any experience with this hospital and any gun policies or restrictions?
    Some believe that it is illegal for license holders to carry into a hospital with mental health facilities.
    Some believe (correctly, IMO) that license holders are exempt based on the first few words of the statute: "Except as authorized by law . . . " Chapter 394.458, Florida Statutes.
    Some believe that the law is ambiguous.


    You just have to make your own decision and take your chances - whichever side of the fence you're on.

    PS. For the folks that say leave it in the car. Well that's OK, I suppose, but keep in mind that the law applies equally to the parking lot as it does inside the facility. ". . . upon the grounds of such hospital . . . "
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    I'm a pretty firm believer in concealed means concealed.

    I just wanted to make sure there are no metal detectors at the entrances, etc.

    If asked to leave, then I won't argue with them. I have no plans on anybody ever knowing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotco2 View Post
    I'm a pretty firm believer in concealed means concealed.

    I just wanted to make sure there are no metal detectors at the entrances, etc.

    If asked to leave, then I won't argue with them. I have no plans on anybody ever knowing though.

    If you go through a metal detector slowly enough it will never go off. Now for small amount of metal, like zippers, you can just walk very slow...for a gun, a snails pace...of course you would look odd. lol

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    Metal detectors on every entrance? That'd be tough for all the medical equipment that wheels in and out... Not to mention, an expense that doesn't involve golf. Follow the money and stop worrying. ;-)

    It's concealed, right?

    That's all I'm sayin'...

    This alone is a reason why you'd expct Open Carry to be more prevalent, from a logical point of view. How can you enforce something you can't see? Of course, the real point is to keep people from seeing daily examples that prove the media is a pack of liars... Hide the gun, it's a one-sided argument...
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    Decent enough hospital, good docs, etc. Had my work on my heart done there a while back.
    No metal detectors, it's not a school or airport, after all.
    Just deep conceal, and no one should be the wiser.
    Staying in that area though... mmm no. Not many places to stay near there, to begin with, and Southside/Arlington areas have become a real stinkhole in recent years.

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