The point of Bob's post wasn't that they should have been OPEN carrying instead of concealed. Bob's point and that of many who responded was that even if the three men didn't have a permit to carry concealed, they still could have legally carried. Whatever the reason F.S. 790.25(3)(h) included fishing may be a legal curiosity, but it is a fact that it's allowed by statute. Others may believe differently, which is their right, but I stand by my opinion of Fish's post.I don’t think we can label him coy or dishonest regarding his comment. It was just a comment and perhaps his opinion. It did make me think and after I reread the title and the article maybe he has a point.
It was a very appropriate and timely news story to post. The lesson that we Second Amendment advocates would take from the story would likely be that folks should carry a gun to defend them selves. Three poor kids being murdered while fishing in a lake doesn’t really stand for the proposition that they should have been open carrying weapons as opposed to concealed carry I don’t think. If the bad guys approached with evil intent and saw open carried weapons and then retreated, It would be a perfect example of why we should have open carry.
I am as avid a fisherman as you will likely find. I have fished since I could walk, my dad was a big-time fisherman. I’ve fished in lakes, rivers, the East Coast, the West Coast and I ran an offshore charter boat for about 12 years. I’ve owned probably between 30 and 40 boats and still own three.
In the 60+ years that I’ve been a fisherman I have never seen anything that called out for the necessity of open carrying. (I don’t object to it ) There’s nothing inherently dangerous about fishing that I have seen other than an occasional snake I’ve hit with a paddle. I did shoot a shark with multiple rounds of tracer one time after it appeared he had possibly eaten some Cubans off a raft. Hunting, of course requires open carry as does shooting practice, going and coming.
If you were on the game show and said “hunting and blank” most people would immediately say fishing. I haven’t seen any of the legislative history on the law but, forgive the fish pun, I think the inclusion of fishing for open carry was a “fluke”.
If anybody can correct me, I’d like to see the documentation as to when we enacted the law and why. Most laws make some sense to me but I’m at a loss to see why if Johnny is heading down to the lake to get some bluegills he needs to wear an open carried firearm.