The issue of whether you are allowed to carry a firearm and whether it can be concealed is complex. Proponents of gun ownership claim the Constitution gives every American the right to bear arms, and that the government cannot interfere with or infringe on that right. But as we all know, all it takes is an accident or misunderstanding to escalate and the issue of gun control becomes front and center. While we all have the right to protect ourselves and our family, just how far that right goes is confusing. Knowing a few simple rules about gun ownership can help keep you out of trouble if you are “packing heat”.
The Florida law dealing with carrying weapons contains two key provisions for the lawful open carry of a firearm or other weapon used in self-defense. These include:
● Permission to carry a chemical spray or stun gun, and
● Openly carrying a stun gun, as long as it is not lethal.
Being charged with the open carry law requires proving to the Court that you were engaged in a lawful activity that permits you to carry. Some sporting activities, such as hunting and fishing are common events where open carry is lawful. In addition, you can apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Strict requirements must be met in order to obtain a concealed carry permit, and we can help you develop the facts necessary for successful application.
For more information about the weapons rules and regulations in Florida, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.