Hi Tucky, great thread by the way. I am jammed up on time right now but can add a couple quick tidbits.
Go to the FSU law library next time in Tallahassee. You will find case law around the turn of the 20th century where several cases declared that open carry was not only legal but the desired methodology of carry at that time. Concealed carry was not looked upon favorably. When I get some time I will find a couple of those cases and post some more info for you.
In 1987 the state legislature passed the concealed carry laws. Due to the great debate happening in Florida and across the nation at that time, many people began to actually look at what the law said. (Can you say complacency?) Anyway, once many realized that open carry was at that time and had been legal for a very long time, they actually began to OC. YOu can only imagine the cry that went up from the northern vacationers and the new media. So much so a special session of the legislature was called.. meant calling them back off of their vacations. Now if you want to tick off a legislative body, call them back from vacation. So WHAMMO in went the OC ban which we live with today.
Good research. I will be sending you a PM soon.. need to talk to you about whenever your next trip up to Tallahassee will be.
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