Open-carry of a knife in Florida.

Open-carry of a knife in Florida.

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    Open-carry of a knife in Florida.

    My name is Dan. I am 23 years old, have no criminal record, and have a license to carry concealed weapons.

    My question today, however, concerns open-carry. In most things I do a knife comes in handy, but I'm getting tired of having my knife take up valuable pocket space and always getting in the way of taking other things out of my pocket.

    Is it legal in the state of Florida to open-carry a large-blade (4+ inches) knife, in a holster, attached to a belt?

    I've searched through legal forums and Florida statue 790, but to be honest I simply can't wrap my head around all the legal nonsense long enough to find an answer to my question.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bergreen View Post
    My name is Dan. I am 23 years old, have no criminal record, and have a license to carry concealed weapons.

    My question today, however, concerns open-carry. In most things I do a knife comes in handy, but I'm getting tired of having my knife take up valuable pocket space and always getting in the way of taking other things out of my pocket.

    Is it legal in the state of Florida to open-carry a large-blade (4+ inches) knife, in a holster, attached to a belt?

    I've searched through legal forums and Florida statue 790, but to be honest I simply can't wrap my head around all the legal nonsense long enough to find an answer to my question.
    It has to be a fixed blade knife and carried in a sheath of some type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    It has to be a fixed blade knife and carried in a sheath of some type.
    Right, it would be something like a hunting knife, definitely fixed. Are you sure that would be legal?

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    State law does not prohibit the open carry of edged weapons however state preemption does not cover it either so one must beware of local ordinances in this regard.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't FL's weapon permit cover all weapons? Wouldn't that mean he could carry any knife he wanted, but it has to be concealed?

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    I'm pretty sure that concealed is the limiting factor here. He wants to wear it on his belt, which with the size of the knife will most likely mean out in the open.
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    Buy a knife you like and wear a light vest and carry it in the vest or buy a nice knife and a side saddle style holster on your bent so when your shirt covers it.
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    If it was concealed then he would be pretty safe sadly, it would be local as in county and city that may kick in with it being open.

    I've carried 4+ inch knives concealed before, and with only a tshirt. It takes a bit of work to find a iwb knife sheath.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Even under your CWFL state preemption does not cover weapons other than firearms. So while you're good do go as far as the state is concerned you can still run afoul of local ordinances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Even under your CWFL state preemption does not cover weapons other than firearms. So while you're good do go as far as the state is concerned you can still run afoul of local ordinances.
    Florida concealed weapons statutes also apply to electronic/stun guns, knives and pepper spray weapons (pepper spray containers over 1oz in content).

    Florida's concealed license is for weapons, not just firearms.


    790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.—
    (1) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is authorized to issue licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms to persons qualified as provided in this section. Each such license must bear a color photograph of the licensee. For the purposes of this section, concealed weapons or concealed firearms are defined as a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, but the term does not include a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001(9). Such licenses shall be valid throughout the state for a period of 7 years from the date of issuance. Any person in compliance with the terms of such license may carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm notwithstanding the provisions of s. 790.01. The licensee must carry the license, together with valid identification, at all times in which the licensee is in actual possession of a concealed weapon or firearm and must display both the license and proper identification upon demand by a law enforcement officer. Violations of the provisions of this subsection shall constitute a noncriminal violation with a penalty of $25, payable to the clerk of the court.
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    I saw an outlaw biker in Walmart (fl) with a big (5 in) shiny fixed blade, buck knife strapped to his belt totally exposed and for all to see. It has got be legal in FL for him to be so bold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Even under your CWFL state preemption does not cover weapons other than firearms. So while you're good do go as far as the state is concerned you can still run afoul of local ordinances.



    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    Florida concealed weapons statutes also apply to electronic/stun guns, knives and pepper spray weapons (pepper spray containers over 1oz in content).

    Florida's concealed license is for weapons, not just firearms.


    790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.—
    (1) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is authorized to issue licenses to carry concealed weapons or concealed firearms to persons qualified as provided in this section. Each such license must bear a color photograph of the licensee. For the purposes of this section, concealed weapons or concealed firearms are defined as a handgun, electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, but the term does not include a machine gun as defined in s. 790.001(9). Such licenses shall be valid throughout the state for a period of 7 years from the date of issuance. Any person in compliance with the terms of such license may carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm notwithstanding the provisions of s. 790.01. The licensee must carry the license, together with valid identification, at all times in which the licensee is in actual possession of a concealed weapon or firearm and must display both the license and proper identification upon demand by a law enforcement officer. Violations of the provisions of this subsection shall constitute a noncriminal violation with a penalty of $25, payable to the clerk of the court.
    Yes but preemption does not. The state PREEMPTS cities from enacting ordinances in regards to firearms, however the state neglected to include those other items including knives. So there's currently nothing to stop local governments from enacting ordinances prohibiting the carrying of those items
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Yes but preemption does not. The state PREEMPTS cities from enacting ordinances in regards to firearms, however the state neglected to include those other items including knives. So there's currently nothing to stop local governments from enacting ordinances prohibiting the carrying of those items
    Ah! I see what you meant now.
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    IWB the knife. It's more comfortable than you think.

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    You can open carry whatever knife you want.... If someone asks, just tell them it's for work....
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