Gun Law Q&A With Off Duty LEO
I had the opportunity to have a casual conversation with two police officers regarding Florida gun laws.
They informed me that they could arrest someone who was concealed carrying and consuming alcohol in a resturuant, even if it wasn't a bar or in the bar area. They went on to say that the fact that the person wasn't intoxicated had no bearing, that case law and the judge would allow the arrest based on the fact that someone was consuming alcohol. They aso informed me that without a Florida concealed weapons license that you can't have a loaded gun in your car, unless it's locked and in the glove compartment. I explained to them that it was my understanding that a non-felon could have a loaded gun under the seat in a snapped holster and loaded. They said that the person would be arrested for having a concealed weapon. At this point I stopped the conversation. I was really shocked at the lack of knowledge of the Florida gun laws etc... I don't want to get these guys in trouble, but I feel they need to be aware of the gun laws in Florida. Someone shouldn't be at risk of going to jail because the officers don't know the law. Would you contact their agency and explain the concerns and to whom would you address these concerns?