Thursday, March 10, 2016

Florida Open Carry - Express Your Displeasure! © 2016 by Phillip Evans

RINO Senators Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Andy Gardiner proudly killed HB 163 and SB 300 in committee. 
I bet they are now laughing at us and patting each other on the back at denying our Second Amendment and First Amendment Rights to openly carry our firearms in public as a deterrent to crime, and as a public support and exercise of our rights.
In Florida, you can get a little revenge by completely legally doing some provocative protesting. Here’s how:
Besides openly carrying while fishing, camping, shooting, and hunting, here's what else you can do:

Photo above from by Bob Mack/The Times-Union
1. Openly wear your spare magazines - this is at a minimum legal anywhere you can conceal carry your pistol.
2. Carry your spare magazines (or nothing) inside a pistol shaped holster that closes with a lid, such as one designed for the P38 pistol, sold on Amazon. Not prohibited by any state law. 
3. Wear a hat and/or t-shirt stating you are lawfully armed. This is your First Amendment Right!
4. Conceal your pistol in a fanny-pack that has a graphic of a pistol on it. Again, 1st Amendment!
5. Do these things on public property where you cannot be trespassed merely for being armed, at large festivals, parks, concerts, shows, etc.
6. Wear voice recorders and have friends video with their cell phones in case your rights are violated - and file a lawsuit if they are!
7. Post your protesting experiences on Youtube and comment here with the link!
Embarrass the lawmakers that denied your right to openly carry! How DARE they lord over you with their disdain and mistrust peradventure free citizens actually publicly exercise their RIGHTS! 
Time to act like free men and women!


  1. Please share this everywhere you can - Facebook, Twitter, Internet Forums, etc.

    We will not go to the back of the bus! We will not sit down and shut up!

  2. Ah, but is anyone willing to take the risk and carry an antique under Florida law?

  3. I'm sure some will. They just have to be aware that antique black powder revolvers and replicas are not covered under state preemption, so they'll need to check for any local ordinances against openly carrying them.

  4. "Besides openly carrying while fishing, camping, shooting, and hunting,"
    Please be sure of this. A few years back I checked the Fl statutes and they specifically stated open carry was allowed in these circumstances, as well as on your own property or place of business.
    I've recently checked again and the language has changed to 'possession' instead of 'open carry'.
    "790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons
    (3) LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06 do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own, possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons, ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes:
    (h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
    (n) A person possessing arms at his or her home or place of business;

    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.
    (2) A person may openly carry, for purposes of lawful self-defense:
    (a) A self-defense chemical spray.
    (b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes."
    I'm still researching it, and hopefully I've just missed something along the way. But it made me sit up and take notice.

    1. The law does not always tell you what you can do. It usually tells you what you can't do. Open carry is not prohibited in certain circumstances anywhere in 790, therefore it is legal in those limited circumstances. "Possession", if not limited to concealed carry in that particular code section, means by default that open carry is permitted.

      If you are in Florida and wish to be able to exercise your rights there, please consider joining Florida Carry to learn all the in and outs of the law.