It means just what it says. But you're right....I don't wanna be a test case!Section 5 ( above ) has really got me stumped.
It appears that even if you are under the influence you have the right to exercise " lawful self-defense or defense of one's property."
BUT, I wouldn't suggest trying it, because even if you beat the criminal charge, there is always the civil lawsuit that can cost you ' mucho dinero '!
Basically in plain English ... I believe what it means is that the State of Florida has shown the wisdom to understand that even IF you are intoxicated, you have the right to defend yourself and your property AS LONG AS it is a LAWFUL shooting.
Hmm, I don't think that would be a good idea.Actually, I think the law is pretty clear. There is no restriction on concealed carry related to how much alcohol you've had to drink. As long as you have your permit, you can have a BAL of 0.40 and carry (though you'll probably be unconscious). It may not be smart, but it's legal. However, except in cases of self-defense, you had better not pull it out your holster/pocket/etc. while you're drinking/drunk.
I take this to mean, if you are out drinking and are under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and come into contact with LEO's for any reason, and they discover that you are carrying a firearm .... I see an arrest being made.The 2007 Florida Statutes
CRIMES Chapter 790
WEAPONS AND FIREARMS
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.
So, if you are " under the influence of alcoholic beverages " .... then you cannot ..... " use a firearm in this state. "