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    Sorry, folks, I inadvertantly posted this in the wrong catagory. Please go to Concealed Carry Issues if you'd like to comment. )Just one of those days!

    First I'd like to quote from the definition of "concealed firearm" from the Florida statute [790.001 (Item 2)]:
    "...which is carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the firearm from the ordinary sight of another person."

    The key point of this definition is "ordinary" sight, which I interpret as plain view or openly exposed.

    I see many comments about printing and wonder if some states make mention of it in their statutes on concealed carry.

    I understand that printing may be a "bad" thing as far as concealed carry here, but I'm not talking about some 300 lb guy wearing a skin-tight Under Armor shirt with a full-size 1911 stuffed under it. That's a no-brainer in my mind.

    I wear a loose, usually patterned shirt (I almost never tuck it in), when I carry since it's hot here. The pattern helps to break up the outline of any printing.

    I see many people with some sort of "printing" these days, and it's just as likely to be a holstered cellphone or Ipod as a Glock (or M&P or Sig or whatever). Having previous firearms training (military), I did not have to take the required concealed weapons class to get my CWP. I have heard from those who have that much time was spent on "printing" and it's "legality."

    Since Fl. doesn't make any such comment about printing in its statutes, other than avoiding the obvious "I'm packing heat" image, are there any other "legal" concerns? I realize this is a "legal" question and requires a "legal" answer (if you can believe a lawyer) and that other state may vary on "printing" requirements, but I'd like to see some input from others on this subject.
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    I don't know about the legality or illegality of it. I do know that I stopped worrying about a slight bulge where my gun rides a long time ago.

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    You might get better answers in the Concealed Carry section as opposed to here in Open Carry.

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    Printing is the least of my concerns, and I don't even think about my slight hip or kidney 'bump' as I go about my daily business...it's a non-issue for me.
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    Dopey me, posted in the wrong spot. Please go to Concealed Carry Issues if you'd like to comment.

    Consider this thread closed. Sorry folks.

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