Open Carry vs. Permitless Concealed Carry in Florida: Understanding the Key Differences

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Open Carry vs. Permitless Concealed Carry in Florida: Understanding the Key Differences

As a leading criminal defense law firm in South Florida, Rossen Law Firm strives to keep you informed about the latest developments in firearm regulations and the legal implications they have for residents of Florida. In this article, we will explain the differences between open carry and permitless concealed carry, helping you better understand your rights and responsibilities as a gun owner in Florida.

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Defining Open Carry

Open carry refers to the practice of openly carrying a firearm in public, where it is visible to others. In states that allow open carry, individuals can legally carry their firearms in public places without the need to conceal them. The laws and regulations regarding open carry vary from state to state. Some states have unrestricted open carry laws, while others may have specific limitations on where and how firearms can be openly carried.

Defining Permitless Concealed Carry

Permitless concealed carry, often referred to as “constitutional carry” or “unrestricted carry,” refers to the practice of carrying a concealed firearm in public without the requirement of obtaining a permit or license. In states that have permitless concealed carry laws, individuals who are legally allowed to possess firearms can carry concealed weapons without undergoing the permitting process, which often includes background checks, fingerprinting, and firearms safety training. Like open carry laws, permitless carry laws also vary by state.

The Key Differences Between Open Carry and Permitless Concealed Carry

The primary difference between open carry and permitless concealed carry lies in the visibility of the firearm and the requirement for a permit or license. Open carry deals with visibly carrying firearms in public, while permitless concealed carry pertains to carrying concealed firearms without a permit. Both open carry and permitless concealed carry laws differ significantly across states, affecting the rights and responsibilities of gun owners in each jurisdiction.

Florida’s Stance on Open Carry and Permitless Concealed Carry

As of now, Florida does not allow open carry, except under specific circumstances, such as during hunting, fishing, or target shooting activities. However, Florida recently became the 26th state to allow permitless concealed carry when Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law on April 3, 2023. The new law, which will take effect on July 1, 2023, allows individuals over the age of 21 who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

While the new permitless concealed carry law has made it easier for Floridians to carry concealed firearms, it is crucial for gun owners in Florida to stay informed about the state’s firearm regulations and exercise their rights responsibly.

How Rossen Law Firm Can Help You Navigate Florida’s Gun Laws

If you have questions or concerns about Florida’s gun laws, including open carry and permitless concealed carry regulations, Rossen Law Firm is here to help. Our experienced legal team has in-depth knowledge of Florida’s firearm laws and can provide you with the expert guidance you need to ensure your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one is facing firearm-related charges in South Florida, it’s essential to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Our Board Certified expert attorneys at Rossen Law Firm have a proven track record of successfully defending clients in similar situations. 

Some of the ways our legal team can help you in a firearm-related case include:

  • Reviewing the circumstances surrounding your arrest to ensure that your constitutional rights were not violated
  • Investigating the evidence against you and challenging its admissibility, if appropriate
  • Taking depositions of witnesses to uncover inconsistencies with the case
  • Filing Motions to Suppress if there are violations of your constitutional rights
  • Negotiating with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss the charges against you
  • Representing you in court and presenting a strong defense on your behalf

As firearm regulations continue to evolve, it’s essential for gun owners in Florida to stay informed about the latest developments in state and local laws. By understanding the differences between open carry and permitless concealed carry, as well as the specific regulations that apply in your area, you can exercise your rights responsibly and avoid potential legal issues.

Call Rossen Law Firm now at (754) 206-6200, or fill out our online contact form to schedule your  confidential strategy session. Don’t leave your future to chance – let our dedicated team of legal professionals fight for you and your rights as a gun owner in Florida.

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