I believe you might of misunderstood your instructor, gun shows are very legit,weather buying or eduacation or getting ur ccFL.
Old vet... I dont think its legal to mix alcohol with guns in Florida, or in any states for that matter idk. It dont sound right to me... Eddie
790.151 Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances; penalties.—
(1) As used in ss. 790.151-790.157, to “use a firearm” means to discharge a firearm or to have a firearm readily accessible for immediate discharge.
(2) For the purposes of this section, “readily accessible for immediate discharge” means loaded and in a person’s hand.
(3) It is unlawful and punishable as provided in subsection (4) for any person who is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired, to use a firearm in this state.
(4) Any person who violates subsection (3) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(5) This section does not apply to persons exercising lawful self-defense or defense of one’s property.
Note that no where does it prohibit possession of a firearm while drinking, only in its use, actually "in hand," which is still allowed in defense of self and property. As long as your gun is holstered, techically one can be snockered and still possess a firearm. I would never suggest anyone do that (certainly not something I would do), but FL gun laws do not prohibit it. Common sense may.
You'll find far too many people on these sites relying on something that "sounds right," or "doesn't sound right" as the case may be and have never bothered to look up the law as it applies in their state or municipality. No matter what your buddy, your instructor, or the LEO next door says, it comes down to what is posted in the written law, not popular opinion or internet lore.
I recommend anyone in Florida should buy Jon Gutmacher's book -- Florida Firearms Law, Use and Ownership. He is generally recognized as one of the real experts on florida firearms law.
Thanx oldvet didnt know that, and yes i have NOT got my cc licsence yet.. Mabye nx year sometime when i get a chance and priority out of the way... Thanx again ... Eddie
Ran into this problem just this past weekend. Traveled out of town to a hotel where we valet parked, then went inside to check in. Come to find out our room wasn't ready yet, so we set off to sit down & have a drink, not thinking about my Glock 27 on my side. Once we sat down & ordered the thought hit me. Did a quick check of the statute above & came to the same conclusion. However, just to make sure I didn't end up as an example (we technically were in a theme park), I unloaded & stored ammunition in the wifes purse. Of course, she didn't like the extra weight too much!
Yep, in my mind a bar is a bar, is a bar... Always better to err on the side of caution.
Seeing as this thread is still alive and has taken a turn towards the alcohol laws, I have another question that I feel is pertinent. There is a bar/ restaurant in my town that has live music in their enclosed courtyard. This area is accessible without entering the "bar" inside. However, during the time that the music is performed, it is evident that the majority of sales are alcohol. Even if one does not approach the bar, the fact that mostly alcohol is being sold calls into question whether the courtyard would then fall under the 'such portion of the establishment which is primarily dedicated to the sale of alcohol" (my wording may be slightly off) clause. Thoughts?