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    Florida Concealed Carry Question

    In Florida, does one need to conceal their weapon while in their vehicle if they hold a Concealed Weapons Permit?

    For example: if you are carrying your firearm in an OWB holster with a jacket concealing the weapon, may you take the jacket off while in your vehicle or must you keep the jacket on so that the weapon remains concealed?

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    http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/FLSL.pdf

    Typically, unless the weapon is immediately visible to any passerby, it is concealed in a vehicle. Have you contacted Florida's CCW department to ask?

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    There is an advantage to having a FL CCW permit, and it is that the firearm must just be covered...it cannot be seen from outside the vehicle. I sometimes place an extra firearm, or my SOB firearm in a holster put between the seats and covered with a ball cap or towel. Just having it covered keeps you legal. You could tuck it under your thigh, put it in the driver's door, etc. (Those without a CCW permit cannot do these things.)
    Now you could take the jacket off and tuck it over the firearm, then it couldn't be seen from outside the vehicle...you'd be good to go.
    What you don't want is some trucker calling in about a man with a firearm sitting on his seat...not good. You WOULD hate those SWAT stops...
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    Thanks for the help, guys. I'm right handed and carry OWB at about 3:00, so I don't think it would be visible from outside the vehicle, but that's probably not a smart risk to take. I guess i'll just pull it out of the holster and stick it in the door or something. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    There is an advantage to having a FL CCW permit, and it is that the firearm must just be covered...it cannot be seen from outside the vehicle. I sometimes place an extra firearm, or my SOB firearm in a holster put between the seats and covered with a ball cap or towel. Just having it covered keeps you legal. You could tuck it under your thigh, put it in the driver's door, etc. (Those without a CCW permit cannot do these things.)
    Now you could take the jacket off and tuck it over the firearm, then it couldn't be seen from outside the vehicle...you'd be good to go.
    What you don't want is some trucker calling in about a man with a firearm sitting on his seat...not good. You WOULD hate those SWAT stops...
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    In Florida, you can carry a firearm "securely encased" with or without a concealed weapon license. A holster with a thumb break satisfies the definition of "securely encased" as does a center console or glove compartment, as long as there is a latch. There is no visibility/invisibility requirement for carrying in the vehicle. But as soon as it's on your person, the laws for concealed carry take over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by utf59 View Post
    In Florida, you can carry a firearm "securely encased" with or without a concealed weapon license. A holster with a thumb break satisfies the definition of "securely encased" as does a center console or glove compartment, as long as there is a latch. There is no visibility/invisibility requirement for carrying in the vehicle. But as soon as it's on your person, the laws for concealed carry take over.
    All that is of course if you are in your vehicle. As you walk to and from your vehicle the weapon must be in a case not visible. A firearm in a snapped holster only would constitute "open carry" which has not been approved as yet by the state. FSS 790.053 (1)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    All that is of course if you are in your vehicle. As you walk to and from your vehicle the weapon must be in a case not visible. A firearm in a snapped holster only would constitute "open carry" which has not been approved as yet by the state. FSS 790.053 (1)
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