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Carrying a Concealed Firearm

In the United States, we have a right to bear arms. But if accused of breaking the many rules associated with guns, you could become a convicted felon. If you do not have a Concealed Weapons Permit in Florida and you carry a concealed firearm, you could be arrested for a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. There are two things that must be proven to be convicted of this Florida gun crime:

  1. You carried a firearm "on or about your person". The gun has to either be on you in some way, such as in a holster or in your pocket OR readily accessible to you. If it is in reach, the gun is considered being "carried". If you are driving your car, you are "carrying" the firearm if it is in the driver's door pocket, the driver's floorboard, and in an unlocked middle console.
  2. The firearm has to be concealed from another person, concealed from the ordinary sight of a person. That means it does not have to be completely out of sight, but if seen, it is still "concealed" if the observer cannot identify the object as a gun.

Our Jacksonville Concealed Firearm Attorney has represented many people who had applied for their Florida Concealed Weapons Permit and before it was issued, were arrested for this gun charge. We have also represented people who are confused by the many rules as it relates to firearms and their transport.

To discuss your gun rights in Florida, contact The Mussallem Law Firm at (904) 365-5200 for a Free Consultation.

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