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Old 04-28-2013, 14:26   #26
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If you are saying that a guy with a concealed weapon license commits a violation if he tucks his gun under the front seat is in violation of the law I think you may be missing the part of Chapter 790 that defines a concealed firearm as being concealed from ordinary view on or about a person. There is a list of places that FSS 790.06 does not apply (i.e. school, courthouse) but there does not seem to be any indication of a vehicle in those exceptions.
I'm aware of the "or about" part of it. I just don't consider, an unholstered handgun tucked under the seat in that category.

I consider a loose handgun tucked under the seat to no longer be concealed on "or about" your person, therefore subject to the requirement for it to be "securely encased" in your private conveyance to be lawful.

I consider "...or about" a person to be attached in some manner to the person ... as in a backpack, purse, messenger bag, or something similar that is carried by the person.

So ... I guess the "on about" is open to interpretation.

Would you pull your otherwise concealed pistol from its holster and tuck it under your seat at a movie theater and consider it "or about" your person and therefore lawful as a CWP holder? A restaurant? The beach? (Let us presume these scenarios could be done out of view of others, so as to preclude the accusation of brandishing it in it).

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Old 04-28-2013, 15:31   #27
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Your interpretation seems to be somewhat inconsistent with what seems to be fairly accepted, at least here in South Florida, by the people who screen incoming cases for potential prosecution. I have to guess that you have not shared this interpretation with an Assistant State Attorney.


One of the fundamental differences between a seat in one's automobile and a seat in a restaurant or movie theatre is whether or not others have access to the immediate area. That said while rather foolish to do, my guess is that it would extremely difficult to charge someone with carrying a concealed weapon when the weapon was tucked under the seat at the movie theatre and the suspect had a valid concealed weapon permit.
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Old 04-28-2013, 18:08   #28
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Your interpretation seems to be somewhat inconsistent with what seems to be fairly accepted, at least here in South Florida, by the people who screen incoming cases for potential prosecution. I have to guess that you have not shared this interpretation with an Assistant State Attorney.


One of the fundamental differences between a seat in one's automobile and a seat in a restaurant or movie theatre is whether or not others have access to the immediate area. That said while rather foolish to do, my guess is that it would extremely difficult to charge someone with carrying a concealed weapon when the weapon was tucked under the seat at the movie theatre and the suspect had a valid concealed weapon permit.
Does the phrase "on or about your person" as it pertains to your weapon vary depending on where you are physically located?

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Old 04-28-2013, 19:35   #29
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As I said my guess is that very few/no assistant state attorneys here in Florida would even consider charging someone with a valid concealed weapons license with a gun (not securely encased) under the seat in an automobile, nor would they consider it a violation that the gun was concealed under a seat at the movie theatre. I just think the latter is much less responsible. But again, one could always check with intake screeners at the State Attorney's Office.
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Old 04-28-2013, 19:41   #30
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Your interpretation seems to be somewhat inconsistent with what seems to be fairly accepted, at least here in South Florida, by the people who screen incoming cases for potential prosecution. I have to guess that you have not shared this interpretation with an Assistant State Attorney.


One of the fundamental differences between a seat in one's automobile and a seat in a restaurant or movie theatre is whether or not others have access to the immediate area. That said while rather foolish to do, my guess is that it would extremely difficult to charge someone with carrying a concealed weapon when the weapon was tucked under the seat at the movie theatre and the suspect had a valid concealed weapon permit.
My guess is that he has not shared his thoughts with any attorney. His interpretation is contrary to how lawyers and judges interpret the law. As I stated earlier, the statute refereeing to caring in a vehicle is an Exception to the need to obtain a CWP. Caring a weapon in the a vehicle is considered in possession of either the driver or an occupant, similar to someone possessing drugs in a car, and can subsequently be charged for possession.

The reason why I asked if he had case law is that it has been some time since I actually researched this issue and did not know if precedence had changed since 2008.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:58   #31
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NO. YOU ARE WRONG.
Guys really need to understand the statutes.....
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(2) “Concealed firearm” means any firearm, as defined in subsection (6), which is carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the firearm from the ordinary sight of another person.
So my carry method meets that. If it's not on me it is about me next to my seat belt. Hence still concealed per definition.
There is no statute that says you can not conceal a handgun in a vehicle with a license. Only without a license.

And now we have the recently passed addition to 790.53
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790.053 Open carrying of weapons.—(1) Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device. It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:44   #32
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Guys really need to understand the statutes.....
Definition....
So my carry method meets that. If it's not on me it is about me next to my seat belt. Hence still concealed per definition.
There is no statute that says you can not conceal a handgun in a vehicle with a license. Only without a license.

And now we have the recently passed addition to 790.53
The entire discussion revolves around the definition of "or about" your person and what you believe (or the legal system will believe) is "or about" your person.

My logic in this thread has been as follows:
1) Your CWP only has relevance if it is on or about your person.
2) I don't believe, personally, that a loose pistol tucked under a seat of your car as being "on or about your person" ... therefore CWP is not applicable/relevant.
3) I don't believe, personally, that a pistol in a kydex holster on the seat next to you with or without a "towel thrown over it" to be "on or about your person" either ... therefore CWP is not applicable/relevant.
4). If the CWP is not relevant/applicable, then it must be "securely encased". Neither a loose pistol under the seat or a pistol in a kydex holster (unless it has a snapping retaining strap or similar mechanism) on the seat next to you are "securely encased".





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Old 04-29-2013, 09:23   #33
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Unless you have case law, Your personal feelings mean nothing. I am within the definition of FL law as written in the statutes.
If a time comes to test that then It will be tested. It's rare I don't conceal my gun on me anyway & in my OP I said on long road trips. So if I ran into the law I would put said handgun in my holster on me or put it in my console as I don't have to have it in a snapped holster and in a lid container as only 1 of them must be met.

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:26   #34
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Unless you have case law, Your personal feelings mean nothing. I am within the definition of FL law as written in the statutes.
If a time comes to test that then It will be tested. It's rare I don't conceal my gun on me anyway & in my OP I said on long road trips. So if I ran into the law I would put said handgun in my holster on me or put it in my console as I don't have to have it in a snapped holster and in a lid container as only 1 of them must be met.
What is the definition of "or about"?
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What is the definition of "or about"?
I take it as meaning within reach.
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Old 04-29-2013, 16:18   #36
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2) I don't believe, personally, that a loose pistol tucked under a seat of your car as being "on or about your person" ... therefore CWP is not applicable/relevant.
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As suggested, your opinion seems very different from some/many who determine daily whether or not to go forward with criminal charges.
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Old 06-08-2013, 21:38   #37
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From my understanding, if you have CWP, you can carry the gun in your car in whatever fashion you wish, be it on your person or in the cup holder next to you.
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I use a console carry. Guess I have to right off Florida, as a place not to go. i sure don't need anyone to tell me how best to carry in my TRUCK
Actually, in Florida, the glove box or the console are perfectly legal, as both constitute "securely encased; so does a shoe box with the lid on it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:51   #39
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Sounds simple enough. Get yourself a gun rug. Place firearm in holster in gun rug. If you are concerned about not being able to get to it in an emergency simply carry it concealed. I also wonder if carry it in a regular kydex holster and locked glove box is ok.
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Sounds simple enough. Get yourself a gun rug. Place firearm in holster in gun rug. If you are concerned about not being able to get to it in an emergency simply carry it concealed. I also wonder if carry it in a regular kydex holster and locked glove box is ok.
It does not even have to be in a holster if it is in the glove box to be legal. I would put it in a holster though just so that it isn't moving around freely in the glove box.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:16   #41
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NO. YOU ARE WRONG.

Sorry to shout ... but this needs to be corrected. In Florida, the CWP applies ONLY to a weapon concealed on your person.

Carrying it in your conveyance , but NOT concealed on your person, then the CWP has no relevance at all.

Anybody, who is otherwise not excluded by law(e.g. a minor, felon, etc) can carry a firearm in their vehicle as long as not concealed on your person (unless CWP holder). Per Florida law it must be "securely encased". A prior post gave some examples of "securely encased". A "towel" over it ... in and of itself (with no other mechanism "securely encasing" it ... would absolutely not qualify.

In your particular case, a handgun with simply a "towel thrown over it" while in a crossbreed holster (their holsters have no latching, snapping, or otherwise mechanical mechanism, to secure it in the holster) clearly does not qualify as "securely encased". Now .. if you put it in a glove compartment or center console ... either of which can close with a latch mechanism, you would be fine.
Thumbs up to this answer. But in your opinion, would a Serpa duty holster qualify as "snapped" or "securely encased" being that it has a button that must be pressed in order to remove the pistol?
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:19   #42
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In the trunk, in a closed case, no loaded and you will be fine here in sunny FL.
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In the trunk, in a closed case, no loaded and you will be fine here in sunny FL.
Here in sunny Florida, you can have one loaded with one in the chamber sitting on your dashboard as long as it is in a snapped holster or even if it is in a Tupperware container with a lid. I wouldn't advise the whole dashboard thing but legally you can.

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Man so much confusion and wrongs in this thread, that's it's truly unbelievable. I guess every lady with a gun in a "un-snapped holster " and in her bag & in the car, is in violation of the state law




I'll give you a clue, if the gun is not in plainview or plain sight. In your un-secured holster, under a towel next to you, it's conceal and legal if you have a CWP.

Same as if it was under the seat. All of these means on or about your persons.


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Wow mass confusion, I have a Indiana LTCH, and will be travelling to Florida for the week, starting soon. I am or should be legal in every state I pass through and stop at along the way (KY/TN/GA/FL), and if not on me (concealed) then MR. Glock will be secured in the vehicle.
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Man so much confusion and wrongs in this thread, that's it's truly unbelievable. I guess every lady with a gun in a "un-snapped holster " and in her bag & in the car, is in violation of the state law




I'll give you a clue, if the gun is not in plainview or plain sight. In your un-secured holster, under a towel next to you, it's conceal and legal if you have a CWP.

Same as if it was under the seat. All of these means on or about your persons.

Yeah but but but........
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Old 06-10-2013, 15:39   #47
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Even without a CWP, in Florida handguns only have to be inside some sort of container. Glove box, consoles, zippered cases, and snapped holsters are all, IIRC, listed as acceptable storage for handguns in the handbook issued by the state. The post saying that they have to be unloaded, boxed, and in the trunk is not at all accurate.
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Open carry would have prevented this.
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My paperwork has been sent in for six weeks now for my CCP. A friend of mine took 15 weeks to get hers. From Jan to end of March this year Florida has had 30000 people apply to get their CCP. Simply amazing.
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