This is a discussion on A strange question from a strange member... within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just returned home from a get-away to Florida provided to my wife and I by a very old Navy Sea Bee friend of mine. ...
I just returned home from a get-away to Florida provided to my wife and I by a very old Navy Sea Bee friend of mine. He owns a fishing charter business and took my wife and I along on a charter. Before we left he informed me that he would feel a whole lot better out on the water if I were carrying. Without even thinking about it I naturally strapped my G19 under my left arm and we went fishing. Most of the trip was in federal waters going out 57 miles off the coast of Florida. We caught a lot of fish and had a great time, I even landed a 31 pound Amber Jack with the reel broken completely off of my pole!
My question is, I have SC and a NH permits and after I returned to the house I got to wondering if my permits covered me while on the boat. Technically I was no longer in Florida after we passed the 9 mile mark. We did not encounter any LEOs and no one on the boat knew I had the gun except my wife and my friend. Did I break the law? Or was I legal? Thanks for you help.
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This is not a legal opinion, but just what I think may be common sense.
I would assume that the boat you were on had a GPS. This would certainly show when you left US waters, and if you entered other country's waters.
I believe, that as long as you are not in another country's territorial waters, you are ok because you are in international waters, although you might be subject to US law because you are a US registered craft.
I am also reasonabaly sure that as long as you are not carrying heavy weapons or ordnance, you are safe. You may wish to check the US Maritime websites for more info.
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I went out with friends on the boat and carried. We passed into international waters... on the way back in, we got stopped by Marine Patrol. They asked us if there were any "illegal" weapons on board. We said no, and then my friends wife said that we were carrying. They thanked her and asked us why we didn't inform them. I repeated the "illegal" portion of the question and they laughed. They checked our CWP and sent us on our way. I never asked about the int'l waters part...
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International waters, is international law...
International Maritime law might apply.
There is a provision if the intent of the trip is fishing, but I'm not exactly sure how that would change jurisdiction.
I think that the boundary of the territorial sea claimed by coastal states is limited to 12 nautical miles. (see 1982 act)
When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
First, while international waters are at 12 miles, state laws only apply out to 3 miles.
Secondly, once outside the state's jurisdictions, the captain of a vessel in international waters controls who may be armed until that ships docks in port and then becomes subject to port's laws.
Third, while I am have no idea on how Florida treats carry in a boat on the ocean, As a resident of SC, your SC permit is valid in Florida (ironic, that one of the most poular non=resident permit states only honors resident permits).
I think I would carry on one of those too. I have heard of pirates stealing pleasure boats out at sea, and they don't just set you adrift in a dingy either.
An armed populace are called citizens.
An unarmed populace are called subjects.
I thought that once in international waters, the ships captain determined rules regarding firearms. I don't boat, but if I did, I'd sure have some firepower on board.
I'm a land mammal - I don't do water. Good question though, I am looking forward to someone posting exact law on this one.
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Not a strange question at all. Comes up all the time down here.
You were perfectly legal, both in FL waters and outside of them.
Had you ventured into waters controlled by another state that didn't recognize your permits, or into the waters of another country.....say the Bahamas, you would have been in violation of their laws.
On a related note.....IMHO, anyone who ventures offshore on a boat and isn't armed is at risk these days. Nuts, druggies, and pirates are a very real threat and a single boat makes a very easy (and often lucrative) target.
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