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:D:D:D Well folks, I'm finally legal to conceal carry in the state of Florida. My permit arrived in the mail today. I cant tell you how long the wait seemed. But it took 53 days from when the application was mailed to me recieving it. I have been taking my weapon with me in the car's glove compartment and of course carrying at home. Now I'm legal to walk into publix and not worry as long as its not visible.

My permit now sits next to my drivers license and readily available if needs be. Can someone give me a quick run down of where is off limits for conceal carry.

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From the state website, http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/possession.html

Possession Restrictions

The following is a list of places where you are restricted from carrying a weapon or firearm even if you have a license. Please note that this is a simplified list. The places marked by an asterisk (*) may have exceptions or additional restrictions. See Section 790.06 (12), Florida Statutes for a complete listing.

o any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
o any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
o any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse
o any courtroom*
o any polling place
o any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
o any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
o any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
o any school administration building
o any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption*
o any elementary or secondary school facility
o any area technical center
o any college or university facility*
o inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport*
o any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law

I believe any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption has been changed to the portion of the establishment reserved for primarily drinking alcohol. In other words you can carry into Friday's for dinner but can't sit at the bar to eat.

I'm not a lawyer so there are no guarantees.

Hope that helps.


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Congrats Yardman,
Its a huge responsibility to carry a firearm, keep your head straight and your eyes wide open and you'll be find. Its good to know there's another possible crime stopper or life saver in the community. Good luck.:):)

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Congratulations !!!!

I know exactly how you feel about receiving your permit, my husband recently got his as well. It took him approximately the same wait time. He was very excited about it and I celebrated with him as well.

My husband has been practicing at home, trying to get used to the best, most comfortable and practical position to 'carry concealed' ever since he mailed off his paperwork. I definitely believe that was an awesome way to easily transition to outside of the home now that he has his permit.

Remember keep abreast of the ever changing laws surrounding 'carry concealed' not only for Florida but other States as well. 'Knowledge is power'.

Again, congratulations to you and my husband!!!! Keep safe. I hope to get there soon. :D:D

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Two serious pieces of advice, heart to heart:

1. Get some serious lethal force training lest that handgun you are carrying be used against you or worse. You need to know a LOT of mundane stuff, most of it common sense, but nontheless critical. Like... nobody knows you even own a gun except for the family and they do NOT ever talk about it. Ever. And you have a plan for self defense. The last thing you want is (a) someone showing up at your home and holding a knife at your 8 year old's throat asking you to please turn over that gun in the gunsafe or in your pants. What you gonna do? (b) What warrants lethal force being okay and what are you going to do before, during and after the encounter. You need this drilled into your head so you work on auto pilot; and (c) you need to know the laws for each state that you are in at the moment you are in that state (we travel with a laptop to keep up to date believe it or not) and also be aware of what state you are actually in at all times.... it is easy to travel the interstate highway system and find yourself in a state where your permit is not valid and you are carrying concealed with a five year felony looking you in the face if you get stopped. DON'T take the chance.

I don't mean to disuade you for a moment... I am just telling you that there is lots to know asides from what kind of holster you are going to use and what calibre is best (I have been working on both of those for two years now and still don't have a concrete answer except to say that 9mm is nice and light and the smallest calibre I would carry.... but .45 LEO rounds JHP engineered rounds make a bigger hold and stop things faster. I go with fast and big. Except that means bigger and heavier. So round and round you go.

It is a science and you may even want to think about getting involved in IPSC or IDPA or whatever to hone those skills and play with a variety of handguns to see what works for you. I carried my HK P7M8's while stateside last month. Very easy to conceal and very reliable and accurate, but they weigh a ton as they are all steel.... but built to take +P 9mm loads. Still... that Glock 26 or Walther P99 is sure easier to handle. And lots lighter.

Go to it. You are on the right track. It is a big committment, but trust me when I say the first time you find yourself on the wrong side of the tracks in the dead of night with a dead GPS and no road map.... you will appreciate the comfort of having that equalizer with you. Get yourself a good set of night sights and a good gun light.... maybe even a laser sight, which I myself will invest in once I have it narrowed right down. I am partial to the internal lasers so my choice of holsters is wider.

Go to it man!
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