CARRYING A FIREARM IN YOUR VEHICLE WITHOUT A CWP WHILE IN FLORIDA
- September 14, 2016
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***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
STATEMENT FROM SUPERTOOL’S FOUNDER REGARDING THE TRANSPORTATION OF A FIREARM WHILE IN FLORIDA
As a US Marine Corps veteran, I understand the importance of not only self-defense but also eliminating any tactical limitations in an ever changing environment. I’m sure most of you have heard the motto of the Marines Corps as “Semper Fi” or “Always faithful” but there’s also another play on words we use, “Semper Gumby” or “Always flexible”.
Unfortunately we have people in America that have been working tirelessly to strip us of our rights. As law abiding citizens, in order to remain law abiding, we have to adapt to our legal environment in order to remain tactically functional while traveling across state lines.
As a citizen that loves my country and my fellow Americans, I would also like to share with you some valuable information I discovered regarding your ability to defend yourself while transporting firearms in FLORIDA.
Lastely, I would like to introduce you to our new Magnetic Cases which are faster than a traditional holster plus provide the ability to carry in all 50 States across the country.
Have you ever heard the following?
“Unless you have a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) carrying a concealed firearm other than on your own property or the property of your business is a third degree felony in Florida punishable by up to five years imprisonment. [Florida Statute 790.01]. The most common arrest for carrying a concealed firearm in Florida is when a hand gun is placed under a seat in a car without the hand gun being placed inside a case. This is generally against the law because the firearm is not “securely encased”.”
Florida handgun law for vehicle transport;
(5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not
a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon
for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the
firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use.
Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private
conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed
to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be
liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons,
including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.
Wait a minute, I've always been told that there is a 3 step rule to live by carrying ammunition without a CWP?
The 3 step rule does not exist nor has it ever been Florida state law. Gun stores and training organizations have developed this idea in order to protect citizens from erroneous citations. The rule that does in fact apply to law is "Securely Encased". If you don't take my word for it, call your local police department or read the link provided below.
What does "Securely Encased" mean?
The most common definition of "securely encased" means the firearm is enclosed in a device that is snapped or strapped, or in a box or container with a closed lid or top so that the lid or top must be physically opened in order to use or fire the weapon. Securely encased would also allow the firearm or weapon to be placed inside a closed glove compartment or closed console of a vehicle. The firearm may be fully loaded at the time, however, it cannot be concealed on your person unless you also have a CWP.
So this means that while traveling in Florida, I can legally carry a loaded firearm without a CWP? Yes.
As long as your firearm is securely encased, not attached to your body, yes you may carry ammo in the magazines and inserted in the firearm.
I've heard that a snapped holster satisfies this requirement?
Yes a snapped holster may satisfy this requirement although if it accidentally touches your body (determined by law enforcement), you may be left open to a violation of law. We offer a better and faster solution than a snap or strap through the use of magnets.
SUPERTOOL’s Magnetic : Locking : Case
All the products we make were first created for personal use in order to remain tactically functional in our ever changing legal environment. Our Magnetic Locking Cases do include integrated locks for interstate travel however while in Florida, you DO NOT need to lock the case. Additionally, our cases utilize magnets to hold your firearm in place so that it's faster to access your handgun when needed.
The bottom line...
Our Magnetic Cases are faster than a traditional holster plus provide the ability to carry in all 50 States across the country without a CWP.
Again, the locking zipper is beneficial for interstate travel but is not required while traveling in Florida.
Founder, Supertool USA
Check our our Magnetic Locking Cases HERE.
In order to view this information on the state of Florida's website click HERE.
*some states require the removal of magazines or ammunition while traveling. Please check with local state and county laws for a complete list of regulations.