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Old 03-16-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Just curious if any of you Open Carry when fishing from the beach.

In general Open Carry of a firearm is illegal in the state of Florida but there are provisions made to allow it when fishing. If I read correctly 790.53(Open Carry) and 790.06(Concealed Carry) statutes do not apply if engaged in fishing.

From http://www.flsenate.gov/laws/statutes/2010/790.25

790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.—(1) DECLARATION OF POLICY.—The Legislature finds as a matter of public policy and fact that it is necessary to promote firearms safety and to curb and prevent the use of firearms and other weapons in crime and by incompetent persons without prohibiting the lawful use in defense of life, home, and property, and the use by United States or state military organizations, and as otherwise now authorized by law, including the right to use and own firearms for target practice and marksmanship on target practice ranges or other lawful places, and lawful hunting and other lawful purposes.

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(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:.
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.(h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;

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Old 03-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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seems legit. but i don't think the sand cabs are that dangerous... i could see carrying while in the woods, way up or down from the launch on a river or pig hunting. but on the beach would probably be asking for trouble. unless your one of the guys who fishes from 10pm till sunrise then it could be justified.
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Here we go again.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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If its that bad I might as well just stay home.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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Here we go again.
Saw the post and thought the same thing... IT'S BACK!!!!
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #6
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Wow it's one thing to be scared of all the big scary gangsters in Pensacola Fl but now you guys are scared of the goofy tourists and drunk people on the beach? Of course if a drunk tourist in his speedo starts messing with you ya better just shoot them huh? Or is it because you think it makes you look cool, like a tough guy, because it really makes you look like a scared kook.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:22 PM   #7
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How about the guy that can conceal carry in his speedo....

Boy that ones twisted....lol
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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To be honest, open carry has always made me feel uncomfortable, and this is coming from a gun owner/enthusiast. For people who aren't, you'll only end up scaring them and likely getting the cops called on you, in which case you now have to defend yourself with the law (which usually doesn't go over so well with cops when a gun is involved). You're better off getting a concealed carry and just keeping it hidden. The difference in time required for you to retrieve from a concealed carry as opposed to an open carry is going to be so minimal that it realistically won't make any difference. My point (and its just my opinion)- is it's best to keep it in your pants (so to speak).
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #9
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I never understood the logic of allowing open carry for A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;.
Unless your doing it 20 miles from civilization or in Brownsville.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #10
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Go river fishing in Alaska, then you'll see why. As far as the beaches IDK. I like open carry only because I'm military and whenever I have had a sidearm its on my hip and open so that is what I'm used to.
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