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Hello, I'm 61 and a first time gun owner (since Apr 2020) from Central Florida. I own a Glock 19 and a Glock 17 - after buying the first for concealed carry, I got the larger pistol for home defense. I've probably fired abut a 1,000 rounds overall at the range. After 10 long months and a lot of persistence, I finally got my CCL and started carrying almost three months ago, using a belly band. The first few times I walked around thinking to myself, 'OMG, I have a gun!' ... but it soon became second nature. Now, on the rare occasion I leave home unarmed I almost feel naked. I still have lots to learn about carrying in Florida, for example on the few occasions my daughter asks me to pick up my granddaughter after school in the carpool lane, I leave my weapon at home because I'm not sure how the law applies here (though my gut tells me this may be the one circumstance I may pray to God I have a gun.) Nice to meet everyone and I'll be following the forums here hoping to expand my knowledge.
 

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Welcome from Tampa Bay! Great choice on your firearms. I have a few of those models too and a few more. :LOL:

Don’t feel bad about carrying at first and feeling the world knows. Everyone goes through the exact same thing when they start carrying too. Everyone thinks everyone else knows and in fact not only doesn’t anyone else know, no one else cares and or are oblivious to you carrying as they live in their own little world or on their cell phone texting someone else too busy to observe you and what’s going on around them so carry away.

I like to compare concealed carry to going to a nude beach for the first time. Long story short I was with a girl and I was traveling to Ft. Lauderdale for business and she found out and self invited herself along and said there‘s a nude beach in Miami and we’re going….:oops::oops::oops: I was like ok…..

Well long story short. Nude beaches aren’t anything like what the mind conjures. The mind conjures a porn set with everyone young, buff and super hot. Reality is everyone looks a lot like you. Over weight, out of shape, sagging in all the wrong areas, and an aged slob. 🤣

The first five minutes you feel awkward and think the whole world is staring at you. Then after you look around and see no one is pointing at you and covering their mouth giggling, you realize no one is paying any attention to you or you naked little body whatsoever and no one cares whatsoever. As soon as you realize that, all your self-consciousness goes away much like carry a concealled firearm.

As for your legal question, I’ll leave that one for the legal eagles to address.

Good luck and welcome. This a a great site with a lot of knowledgeable members so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
 

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Hello, I'm 61 and a first time gun owner (since Apr 2020) from Central Florida. I own a Glock 19 and a Glock 17 - after buying the first for concealed carry, I got the larger pistol for home defense. I've probably fired abut a 1,000 rounds overall at the range. After 10 long months and a lot of persistence, I finally got my CCL and started carrying almost three months ago, using a belly band. The first few times I walked around thinking to myself, 'OMG, I have a gun!' ... but it soon became second nature. Now, on the rare occasion I leave home unarmed I almost feel naked. I still have lots to learn about carrying in Florida, for example on the few occasions my daughter asks me to pick up my granddaughter after school in the carpool lane, I leave my weapon at home because I'm not sure how the law applies here (though my gut tells me this may be the one circumstance I may pray to God I have a gun.) Nice to meet everyone and I'll be following the forums here hoping to expand my knowledge.
Welcome to FCC from Palm Beach County, TomT_FL! 🍻

The answer to your question about picking your granddaughter is a bit cumbersome but it boils down to the specific school district. I need to research my answer, which has been discussed here previously, but I need to review that discussion and will come back here and answer.

Now for the rest of my welcome package: If you're a veteran, take a look at our Military Service Thread where you'll find many of us there, too!

In case you weren't aware, you can stay current on pertinent Florida Statutes regarding use of force and firearms law by going right to the source using these links for Chapter 776 - Justifiable Use of Force and Chapter 790 - Weapons and Firearms. I'd also like to suggest you obtain your own copy of FLORIDA FIREARMS Law, Use & Ownership by Jon Gutmacher!

Also, I highly recommend you read this thread to understand how to navigate FCC to get the most out of your experience. One particular item that's caught many veteran FCC members off guard is the "Recommended Reading" at the bottom of each page, which MAY contain quite old threads of inactive conversations lacking up-to-date information or context. So beware of the date of the last post (just to the right of the post number) in any thread you come across so you don't mistakenly think every post is recent and start responding to very old posts/threads that been dormant for quite some time, sometimes for many years.

Again, welcome to FCC and good luck! :cool:
 

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Oh thank God!!
Another Glock fanboy.

I was beginning to think I was outnumbered. :)

Welcome, Tom.

BTW, for me was the G-19, THEN 26, then 17.
The 17 mostly lives in the gun safe.
My 26/19 alternate as carry guns, summer/winter respectively.
 

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Welcome to FCC from Palm Beach County, TomT_FL! 🍻

The answer to your question about picking your granddaughter is a bit cumbersome but it boils down to the specific school district. I need to research my answer, which has been discussed here previously, but I need to review that discussion and will come back here and answer.

Now for the rest of my welcome package: If you're a veteran, take a look at our Military Service Thread where you'll find many of us there, too!

In case you weren't aware, you can stay current on pertinent Florida Statutes regarding use of force and firearms law by going right to the source using these links for Chapter 776 - Justifiable Use of Force and Chapter 790 - Weapons and Firearms. I'd also like to suggest you obtain your own copy of FLORIDA FIREARMS Law, Use & Ownership by Jon Gutmacher!

Also, I highly recommend you read this thread to understand how to navigate FCC to get the most out of your experience. One particular item that's caught many veteran FCC members off guard is the "Recommended Reading" at the bottom of each page, which MAY contain quite old threads of inactive conversations lacking up-to-date information or context. So beware of the date of the last post (just to the right of the post number) in any thread you come across so you don't mistakenly think every post is recent and start responding to very old posts/threads that been dormant for quite some time, sometimes for many years.

Again, welcome to FCC and good luck! :cool:
Thank you for the insight, just ordered Gutmacher's book...
 

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Welcome. Those feelings are Abby Normal! ;)

Naaa.... Here's all ya gotta do to acclimate to carrying concealed. It's called the Tactical Wally (Walmart) Walk. It's an old meme, since you can't buy ammo at Walmart anymore. :mad:

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Oh thank God!!
Another Glock fanboy.

I was beginning to think I was outnumbered. :)

Welcome, Tom.

BTW, for me was the G-19, THEN 26, then 17.
The 17 mostly lives in the gun safe.
My 26/19 alternate as carry guns, summer/winter respectively.
I looked at the G-26, but I have large hands and the 17 is a better fit ... I went with Glock primarily because of the reputation for reliability AND the ease of breaking them down for cleaning. If the first time breaking down a gun for cleaning and successfully reassembling doesn't stamp the man card, not sure what does! LOL
 

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Hello, I'm 61 and a first time gun owner (since Apr 2020) from Central Florida. I own a Glock 19 and a Glock 17 - after buying the first for concealed carry, I got the larger pistol for home defense. I've probably fired abut a 1,000 rounds overall at the range. After 10 long months and a lot of persistence, I finally got my CCL and started carrying almost three months ago, using a belly band. The first few times I walked around thinking to myself, 'OMG, I have a gun!' ... but it soon became second nature. Now, on the rare occasion I leave home unarmed I almost feel naked. I still have lots to learn about carrying in Florida, for example on the few occasions my daughter asks me to pick up my granddaughter after school in the carpool lane, I leave my weapon at home because I'm not sure how the law applies here (though my gut tells me this may be the one circumstance I may pray to God I have a gun.) Nice to meet everyone and I'll be following the forums here hoping to expand my knowledge.
Welcome from Nature's Coast Fl ! You'll settle in just Fine ;)(y)
 
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Hi Tom, welcome.(y)
 
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I looked at the G-26, but I have large hands and the 17 is a better fit ... I went with Glock primarily because of the reputation for reliability AND the ease of breaking them down for cleaning. If the first time breaking down a gun for cleaning and successfully reassembling doesn't stamp the man card, not sure what does! LOL
My edc is a G17 or G34. I have large hands too but more so want 18 rounds on tap. At home for SD I use the 24 round mags. The 33 are just a little large IMHO. I use them for the Kel Tec Sub 2000 or if the zombie apocalypse breaks out.

The beautify of the Glocks like many others is you can use the subcompact gun with some very large magazines.
 
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