Welcome to the Florida Concealed Carry (FCC) forum from Palm Beach County, iLYKEcheez!🍻So, there seems to be some confusion regarding concealed carry in a vehicle without a permit after HB543 goes into effect on 01JULY2023, with various persons "having heard from someone" or read on a blog that it would be illegal. I originally just commented in a single thread where people were discussing the legality of CC'ing in a vehicle without a permit- but after seeing the same misconception stated in several other threads, I decided to make a completely new post in hopes of educating as many people as possible.
The bottom line is, A PERMIT WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO CONCEAL CARRY INSIDE A VEHICLE after July 1st.
Following is the section of HB543 as-passed that outlines this, that I believe many people missed. Starting at line 966, 790.25 is ammended; lines 1139-1142 of the bill, specifically, cover carrying in a conveyance/motor vehicle (the revised text of FS 790.25 subsection 4, paragraph b, subparagraph 2)
Subsection (2), subsection (3), and subsection (5) of section 790.25, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.—
(4) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.—
(a) Notwithstanding s. 790.01, a person 18 years of age or 1126 older who is in lawful possession of a handgun or other weapon may possess such a handgun or weapon within the interior of a private conveyance if the handgun or weapon is securely encased or otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. A person who possesses a handgun or other weapon as authorized under this paragraph may not carry the handgun or weapon on his or her person.
(b) This subsection does not prohibit a person from carrying a:
1. Legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use; or
2. Concealed weapon or concealed firearm on his or her person while in a private conveyance if he or she is authorized to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm under s.790.01(1).
(c) This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor 1143 of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s.776.012."
First off, I realize you're new here, but this has been discussed at length here in FCC in this thread! So before making assumptions about FCC member misconceptions, you might read the whole thread and the previous threads when HB543 was filed. Bottom line is,
Secondly, since this was your very first post to FCC without first introducing yourself as described here, please now take the time to properly post you're own Introduction to FCC, letting forum members get to know you a little, particularly with regard to our inherent right to keep and bear arms. You can do that by going to the Introduce Yourself section of the Welcome to Florida Concealed Carry section and starting your very own introduction thread. Then you'll find that lots of other FCC members will know to chime in to properly welcome you to the forum, and will be more responsive in answering your questions you may have!
In case you weren't aware, you can stay current on pertinent Florida Statutes regarding the "justified use of force" and all of Florida firearms laws by going right to the source using these links for Chapter 776 - Justifiable Use of Force and Chapter 790 - Weapons and Firearms, respectively. I'd also like to suggest you obtain your own copy of FLORIDA FIREARMS Law, Use & Ownership by Jon Gutmacher (2023 version to be released in June covering the revised Florida Statutes effective 01 JUL 2023)!
If you're a veteran, take a look at our Military Service Thread where you'll find many of us there, too!
Finally, 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!