This is a discussion on Question for FL permit holders within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; If you have a CCW permit and your in your vehicle (running errands) can the weapon still be on your person (loaded) or does it ...
If you have a CCW permit and your in your vehicle (running errands) can the weapon still be on your person (loaded) or does it has to be stored an another area (trunk/glove department/etc)? Just want to make sure I am understanding it, once you get inside your car you have to place the weapon in the glove department/trunk/etc according to the handgunlaw site.FL resident.
Florida is one of the best carry states. Most regulations favor the CWP'er. I believe the handgun.us paragraph you reference is for people without permits. If so, it's an outdated clause (rare on hglaw.us). You can carry a loaded gun in a car without a permit as long as it's cased. With your license, do whatever you want.
790.25 (5)(5) Lawful Ownership, Possession, and Use of Firearms and Other Weapons
It is not necessary to have a license or permit to carry a loaded firearm in a private vehicle, so long as the gun is "securely encased". Florida law defines a weapon as being securely encased if the firearm is in a glove compartment, whether or not locked, in a snapped holster (not worn on your body!), in a zippered gun case or in a box or other container that requires a lid or cover to be lifted or opened in order to gain access to the firearm. These restrictions do not apply to any person who holds a valid Florida Concealed Weapon License or a reciprocal state license/permit.
Anyone who can legally possess a handgun in FL can carry that firearm "concealed" inside a "private conveyance" (a privately owned vehicle, not public tranportation [bus, cab, etc.])as long as it's securely encased. Snapped holster, closed glovebox or console, zipped case, etc. Only those with CC permits can conceal that firearm on their person inside the car.
So you can carry a handgun in a snapped holster anywhere inside the car (although some uneducated LEOs will argue that), in a closed (not locked) glovebox or console compartment, a closed and latched guncase, a zippered case, or anything else that meets the state's definition of "securely encased." Simply said, in something that has to be opened before the firearm can be used.
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Usually, I just have my EDC on my hip, and covered by my shirt. When driving around in our convertible, I sometimes take an extra firearm along (Ruger SP101/.357) and tuck it between the seat and console with my ball cap over it...plenty legal here in FL if you have a permit.
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