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I am very very confused. My fiancee and I are purchasing a handgun and are going to take the class to get our concealed permits. In the meantime, my question is this: are we or arent we allowed to keep the handgun loaded with us in the car until we get our permits? We live in a high crime neighborhood and would like to have piece of mind by keeping our weapon with us. Is it legal to keep it in the car even without already having our permits?
 

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Yes, you can, provided that it's "securely encased" and not immediately accessible. In the glove box, locked or unlocked, meets the requirement. In a closed gun case or snapped holster likewise. On the seat beside you or on your person does not meet the requirement.
 

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Florida Statutes 790.25(5)
(5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.
 

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If you have a center console that can be closed would be an ideal form of car carry. It is easily within reach without taking your eye off a potential threat and it is perfectly legal. Good luck.
 

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In addition to the gun on my person, I keep one in the center console of my truck...

 

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In addition to the gun on my person, I keep one in the center console of my truck...
Deadeyedick... Nice set up you have there, been wanting to set something up like that in my truck as well.
 

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Console clip

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Where did you get that clip you installed on your console lid?

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If I'm not mistaken, it's probably the holster that came with the gun. I know with my XD-40, the included holster makes a good clip for your vehicle, especially since I don't use it as a holster.
 

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I am very very confused. My fiancee and I are purchasing a handgun and are going to take the class to get our concealed permits. In the meantime, my question is this: are we or arent we allowed to keep the handgun loaded with us in the car until we get our permits? We live in a high crime neighborhood and would like to have piece of mind by keeping our weapon with us. Is it legal to keep it in the car even without already having our permits?
Just don't leave it in your car. Your pistol is not secure in a parked/locked vehicle. In your garage - maybe.

I kept mine in a thin holster in the center console box. Then in the evenings, I'd just take it in with me along with my coffee cup. Nobody really noticed.
 

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As far as I know, it must be "consealed", as well as secured in a holster, glovebox, case, etc.. Becasue FL doesnt allow open carry of any kind..
Open carry is a firearm on your person in full view of the public. A firearm in a vehicle is normally considered concealed in most jurisdictions through out the United States. Florida however permits possession of a handgun in a vehicle when the below prescribed conditions are adhered to.


790.001 Definitions.--As used in this chapter, except where the context otherwise requires:

(2) "Concealed firearm" means any firearm, as defined in subsection (6), which is carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the firearm from the ordinary sight of another person.

(16) "Readily accessible for immediate use" means that a firearm or other weapon is carried on the person or within such close proximity and in such a manner that it can be retrieved and used as easily and quickly as if carried on the person.

(17) "Securely encased" means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.
790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.--

(5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.
 

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You may be right, but I wouldn't want to be the guy that finds out:

Emphasis mine:
790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.--

(5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.
(without a permit...)
I'm no lawyer, but it looks to me like it has to be concealed and securely encased.
So I would not lay it on the passenger seat with a snap holster...
Keep it in the center consol or glove box.
 

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Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use.

I'm interested in the phrase "other than a handgun" in the above. Does that mean that the right to carry in a private conveyance does not include handguns? If it doesn't mean that, then what does it mean?
 

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Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use.

I'm interested in the phrase "other than a handgun" in the above. Does that mean that the right to carry in a private conveyance does not include handguns? If it doesn't mean that, then what does it mean?
I think they are saying you don't have to encase a shotgun or rifle.

Lay it in the back seat or up in the gun rack.
 

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Deadeye

Where did you get that clip you installed on your console lid?

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Rod
XD-Man said:
If I'm not mistaken, it's probably the holster that came with the gun. I know with my XD-40, the included holster makes a good clip for your vehicle, especially since I don't use it as a holster.
I do believe it is a Fobus holster, or at least part of one
 

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I have a question, if pulled over by law enforcement what would the criteria be for either announcing the fact you have a loaded weapon or if they ask.
Its not required that you inform the LEO that you are armed, If you have a License hand it to him with your drivers license,or if you don't have one just make sure it is securely encased before you tell him/her you have a loaded weapon inside your vehicle or just don't say anything you are ok anyway you go ,but i bet the cop will be more appreciative to know instead of not knowing and forcing you to the ground when they find out.
 
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