This is a discussion on Floridians, clear up this rumor for me: open long gun in vehicle? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by darbo The following is an excerpt from Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership...a very good book. Quote" Summary of where handguns can ...
xm 15 wrote: "Thanks for posting the above. Is that from the latest edition of his book? I have to wonder if there has been a recent case decision on this topic...
Does he list the case cite for that?"
I have the 7th edition of this book and yes it is the most current issue. I get the impression there are many cases so he doesn't list them. The only cases he cites are not specific to a snapped holster but the general idea of "securely encased" and as he states, "you can see the courts are fairly liberal on what is "securely encased"." He does cite Urquiola v. State, 590 So. 2nd 497 (Fla 3DCA 1991) He also writes, "Likewise, in Alexander v. State, 477 So. 2nd 557 (Fla. 1985), the Florida Supreme Court held that a man's zippered leather pouch containing a firearm was "securely encased" even though there were other items in the pouch, and even though the man had opened and zippered the pouch several times in the presence of a police officer."
In the next chapter he goes on with, "As long as the statutory purpose is met, a firearm can be kept in just about anything in a vehicle if it has a lid, closure, or something must be opened to get it out." He follows that with some question and answer stuff. Q: Can the handgun be loaded if I do that? A: Absolutely, it won't do you any good, otherwise. Q: I heard it must be in a holster if I have it in the glove compartment, and the glove compartment must be locked? A: Nope. All you need is to have the glove compartment closed. Q: I've heard that keeping a firearm in a car is a two step. or three step rule. ( my side note: a guy at work just said this to me today) What does that mean? A: It means that the person who gave you that advice couldn't remember what the statute actually said, so they made up their own definition to substitute for it. Forget it, just remember the statute."
I do highly recommend every Fl. gun owner have and read this book. The info is invaluable. It costs $31.50 and can be bought at many gun shops and shows. No, I don't have any involvement with or make any money from this book. I just like the idea of promoting knowledge on gun ownership in Fl.
Just a mere 350 pages. If you get stopped with a AK-47 with a drum mag, maybe the cop will spend an hour reading this book with you.
On the other hand, you can stick your rifle/shotgun in a regular rifle case. Put it in the back seat, or better yet in the trunk.
Here is the best advice on self defense
Write this down and carry it in your wallet!
“I was attacked. I used a gun to defend myself. I want to sign a complaint against the attacker. I want to talk to my lawyer and will answer your questions in 48 hours. I have nothing more to say.”
Castle Doctrine | Buckley ESQ