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    Visiting Florida

    I will be visiting Florida in December and I just want to make sure I understand the rules before I show up. I know that open carry is not legal and I need a permit. I have a permit from Virginia so I do not believe that is an obstacle.

    My questions are about where is it not legal to carry.

    Is there a gun free zone around schools if you you have a permit?

    Can I conceal carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol? In Virginia where I live it is legal to open carry and drink, and legal to conceal carry as long as you do not drink.

    Are there any other areas of concern I may need to look out for?

    I am sure the weather will be cool enough to make the cover garment practical.

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    You can essentially go anywhere if the gun is in the glovebox of a car, even a school. You can't carry onto any school property. On a sidewalk next to a school is fine. You can carry into a restaurant that serves alcohol but not that portion which is primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages (don't sit at the bar). You can drink and carry. No college or professional athletic event, no jail, courthouse, police station.
    “If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? ” -Bastiat

    I don't "need" to openly carry a handgun or own an "assault weapon" any more than Rosa Parks needed a seat on the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcmech View Post
    I will be visiting Florida in December and I just want to make sure I understand the rules before I show up. I know that open carry is not legal and I need a permit. I have a permit from Virginia so I do not believe that is an obstacle.

    My questions are about where is it not legal to carry.

    Is there a gun free zone around schools if you you have a permit?

    Can I conceal carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol? In Virginia where I live it is legal to open carry and drink, and legal to conceal carry as long as you do not drink.

    Are there any other areas of concern I may need to look out for?

    I am sure the weather will be cool enough to make the cover garment practical.

    Thanks
    (12)(a) A No license issued under pursuant to this section does not shall
    authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon
    or firearm into:

    1. Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;
    2. Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
    3. Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
    4. Any courthouse;
    5. Any courtroom, except that nothing in this section would preclude a
    judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a
    concealed weapon in his or her courtroom;
    6. Any polling place;
    7. Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district,
    municipality, or special district;
    8. Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;
    9. Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to
    firearms;
    10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration
    building;
    11. Any career center;
    12. Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic
    beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment
    is primarily devoted to such purpose; any elementary or secondary
    school facility; any career center;
    13. Any college or university facility unless the licensee is a registered
    student, employee, or faculty member of such college or university and the
    weapon is a stun gun or nonlethal electric weapon or device designed solely
    for defensive purposes and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile;
    14. The inside of the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport,
    provided that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm
    into the terminal, which firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of
    checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft;
    or
    15. Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.
    (b) A person licensed under this section shall not be prohibited from
    carrying or storing a firearm in a vehicle for lawful purposes.
    (c) This section does not modify the terms or conditions of s. 790.251(7).
    (d) Any person who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this
    subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as
    provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

    "No firearms" signs on private property do not carry the weight of law. If asked to leave, one must do so, or risk a charge of armed trespass - a felony.

    You are also prohibited from carrying in the secured area of a seaport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 77zach View Post
    You can't carry onto any school property.

    10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building

    Wouldn't this mean outside is okay?
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    [Miller vs. U.S., 230 F. Supp. 486, 489 (1956)]
    “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of constitutional rights.”
    [Sherar vs. Cullen, 481 F2d. 946 (1973)]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlitz View Post
    10. Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building

    Wouldn't this mean outside is okay?
    No, by facility they mean property. And elsewhere, not in 790, it talks about any school property. It's there that it also makes an exception to vehicle long gun and glovebox carry.
    “If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? ” -Bastiat

    I don't "need" to openly carry a handgun or own an "assault weapon" any more than Rosa Parks needed a seat on the bus.

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