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    Hello everyone. New user andFL native looking for some information.

    Can anyone give any input or refer me to any sources regarding the open carrying of a firearm, with respect to the DEP's new change, of a person under the age of 21(over 18).

    I'm currently 20 years old, own several firearms, take several firearms to the range on a monthly basis, and legally store a firearm, securely encased and not readily accessible, in my vehicle for self defense. However, I am somewhat worried about openly carrying a firearm due to the fact that the state statues say nothing about the legal age to carry a firearm. It only states that it is illegal to transfer/sell/give a firearm to a minor under the age of 18 and that you need to be 21 years of age to receive a concealed weapons permit.Only 2 months till I can get my CWP, dont want to get in trouble before then!

    Thanks for your help.

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    Interesting - can you search your state statutes to see what the minimum age to possess a handgun is in Florida and tell us?

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    Minimum age to possess a handgun is 18. I would love to contribute to the open carry ojective here in florida, but I'd rather not get charged with a felony...:shock:

    I beleive this question will wind up unanswered. A letter to the AG's office may be needed.

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    schwaa wrote:
    Hello everyone. New user andFL native looking for some information.

    Can anyone give any input or refer me to any sources regarding the open carrying of a firearm, with respect to the DEP's new change, of a person under the age of 21(over 18).

    I'm currently 20 years old, own several firearms, take several firearms to the range on a monthly basis, and legally store a firearm, securely encased and not readily accessible, in my vehicle for self defense. However, I am somewhat worried about openly carrying a firearm due to the fact that the state statues say nothing about the legal age to carry a firearm. It only states that it is illegal to transfer/sell/give a firearm to a minor under the age of 18 and that you need to be 21 years of age to receive a concealed weapons permit.Only 2 months till I can get my CWP, dont want to get in trouble before then!

    Thanks for your help.
    Florida Statute 790.22(3):
    A minor under 18 years of age may not possess a firearm, other than an unloaded firearm at his or her home, unless:

    [The rest is meaningless as you are not under 18]
    But because laws generally tell us what is unlawful, not lawful, you'll need to interpret this as:
    An adult 18 years of age and older may possess a loaded firearm everywhere such possession isnot otherwise prohibitedin this state.

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    That makes sense. I think its time to go fishing at Honeymoon Island. Just gotta make sure theyre on the same page .

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    schwaa wrote:
    Minimum age to possess a handgun is 18.
    OK, and someboy cited to authority below so yeah, looks like you can open carry inthose rare exceptions allowed under FL law - you can also carry concealed in vehicles as specified under Florida law (encased/in holster/in glove box a I recall).

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