The 2nd Amendment gives you the right to bear arms, right? Well, yes and no. The real truth is it depends. And it depends on several factors. You may have the right to possess a firearm, but you might not have the right to conceal it and carry it on your person. On the other hand, if you have a license to do so, you will not be penalized if a concealed weapon is found on you. And what about the right to self-defense? That’s a different story altogether. As the laws concerning your rights regarding weapons continue to evolve, it is helpful to know some basics.

As far as a concealed weapon goes, the law provides for the following:

  •  It is a first degree misdemeanor to carry a concealed weapon or electronic weapon device.

● It is a third degree felony to carry a concealed firearm.

● It is not a violation of the law to carry, for purposes of self-defense, a chemical spray or stun gun.


This law also does not apply to those persons who lawfully possess a license to carry a concealed weapon. If you have questions about what is permissible and what is not, it is best to find out for certain before carrying a weapon. If you violate the law, you can face stiff fines (in the range of thousands of dollars) and potential jail time. Our team of knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys is able to listen to the facts of your case, and offer accurate advice.


For more information about weapons laws and how to defend violations of those laws, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We work with you to tailor a defense that fits the specific facts of your case. We offer an initial consultation for no charge.