Any CCW friends in Florida?

Any CCW friends in Florida?

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    Any CCW friends in Florida?

    Flying down to Clearwater to spend a week with the In-laws. I've reviewed CCW laws on-line, but do have a few questions. Legal to carry in alcohol serving resturant, but legal to have a beer? how about on private property? this is just one social beer, not drinking to feel-good level. thanks in advance for all advice.


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    Yes, in FL you can have a drink while CCing. Of, course, if you've comsumed alcohol and something were to happen, that could work against you. Cannot sit at the bar of the restaurant though. By law, "bars and taverns" are off-limits to CC. So as long as said friends don't have a "bar or tavern" set up, you should be good to go.
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    A little clarification. If the primary purpose of a place is to serve alcohol, you can't carry there. But Florida does break that up by square footage within an establishment. So if you go into a place like Applebee's or Outback that has a bar and also has a seating area for dining, you are OK to carry (and drink) at the dinner table, but stay out of the bar. The legal limit is .08, and as I understand it, that only applies if the gun clears the holster.
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    Yep
    No carry in bars, easy test is if they allow smoking you can't carry.
    You can't sit or enter the bar area of a restaurant period.
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    Private property is private property.

    If you plan on going over the BAL of .08 be smart and don't bring your gun.


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    What they all said!

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    rigel42 raises a good point - in a restaurant with a bar, you cannot enter the bar area for any reason, including walking through to the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by utf59 View Post
    A little clarification. If the primary purpose of a place is to serve alcohol, you can't carry there. But Florida does break that up by square footage within an establishment. So if you go into a place like Applebee's or Outback that has a bar and also has a seating area for dining, you are OK to carry (and drink) at the dinner table, but stay out of the bar. The legal limit is .08, and as I understand it, that only applies if the gun clears the holster.
    Your reference for that?
    Statute 790.06 states:
    "any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;"

    No mention of sq. footage. It simply implies: Stay out of the bar area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rigel42 View Post
    Yep
    No carry in bars, easy test is if they allow smoking you can't carry.
    You can't sit or enter the bar area of a restaurant period.
    Gunbuster sings have no legal weight, but IMO should be respected.
    Private property is private property.

    If you plan on going over the BAL of .08 be smart and don't bring your gun.


    Enjoy, its a real fun time of year!
    Not quite true. Many restaurants allow smoking in the "open air" areas such as patios and decks.
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    And please do not drive if you have more than one or two because .08 is our DUI limit. Enjoy your time in the Sunshine State.
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    If the sigh reads (for example) Joe's bar & grill. NO CARRY. If the sign says Joe's Grill & Bar you're good to go

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    This + is legal in FL...stay out of bars and bar areas of restaurants.
    My limit is one or two glasses of brew with a dinner, one glass without. Never had a problem, and I do not feel a glass of beer anymore that a glass of coke.OMO

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    The sign means nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by neldadennis View Post
    If the sigh reads (for example) Joe's bar & grill. NO CARRY. If the sign says Joe's Grill & Bar you're good to go
    You can't carry in a bar or the bar area of a restaurant. It makes no difference what the owner decided to name his place. If he wanted, he could call it Joe's Bar and serve no alcohol.

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    CCW "buddy" here but nowhere near Clearwater! I hope your trip fares well. No carry in "bar area" of restaurants +1
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