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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by AUadvisor, Feb 24, 2004.

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  1. AUadvisor

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    Today I got a job offer from a reputable investments company(which is related to the bucs) in Tampa Fl. Any thoughts on the area? I've got my concealed permint in alabama, but have no firearms related training, which I've heard is required in FL. How hard is it to get a permit in flordia?
     
  2. JimJD

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    I moved down here from NYC about six months ago.
    Two totally different worlds when it comes to firearm ownership.
    It's pretty easy to get a CCW if so desired.
    Here's a good site for some info on the subject:
    Packing.org

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. Aikibiker

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    The training is really easy. NRA basic pistol qualifies as do discharge papers from the military. Also every gunshow in Florida offers a CCW class for about $35 give or take $5 depending on the area. Depending where you live in Alabama it should be relatively simple hop across the state line to take the class some weekend.

    Also Florida has CCW reciprocity with Alabama so you should be able to carry on your AL permit while you are scouting things out.

    JimJD,

    I have heard that from folks from NY before. One of my friends from high school told me the story of how his dad went to the police station when they first moved down here to "register" his guns. The cops laughed and said: "We don't have that down here. Have a nice day." The entire northeast is a different world.
     
  4. JPM70535

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    Florida is one of the most gun friendly states around. CCW is guaranteed to just about anyone not a convicted felon or a mental defective. Requirements as far as training go are minimal and Florida has reciprosity with 24 other states giving residents a large part of the country in which to exercise RKBA.

    No gun regristration as in PRK, PRNJ etc, and even without CCW, carry in Autos is permitted provided gun is more than 2 steps removed from access by drivers or passengers. AFAIK,there is no requirement to advise LEOs that you are carrying during a contact.

    Tampa is a thriving metropolis complete with all the benefits and Liabilities that go along with same. You will be glad to have CCW if you move there.
     
  5. Diggler

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    You might want to check, but I believe a hunter's safety course certificate meets the requirement for the firearms training.
     
  6. ceetee

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    AFAIK, a hunter's safety course does not count. Nor does a NRA course, or any other course for that matter. The only course that will count is the Fla concealed weapons course, taught by a registered instructor, and signed off on properly.

    The course is not about safety, or marksmanship, or anything else. It's just about staying legal, while carrying. Where you can and cannot go armed, that kind of thing.

    The courses are usually (as mentioned) in the $35 range, and the permit is $105 mailed off to Tallahassee.

    Come on down! Florida needs more right-thinking people to balance things out a bit...
     
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    I live in Tampa and got my CCW at the local gunshow that comes to the fairground here every couple months. The class is really a no-brainer. You sit in a group of people and hear about the state laws for carrying and take a 15 or 20 question test which is all common sense, then you go to the range and are required to pull the trigger one time from the instructors revolver and hit the target not more than 5 feet in front of you. The whole process takes up the good part of a morning but is trully simple.
    -Bill
     
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    BTW AUadvisor,

    When you get this job, do me a favor and see if they need any C#/.NET/Web developers! My in-laws live near Orlando and I've been looking for a job in the Tampa area for a while.

    The "local candidates only, please" bias really stinks.
     
  11. benEzra

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    Actually, statutes and case law say "securely encased"; the "2-step rule" is just a rule of thumb sometimes used to explain it. Case law explicitly says snapped in a holster under the seat is OK, as is placed in an unlocked glove compartment, IIRC.
     
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    I cant wait to make it down there!
     
  13. joab

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    Just tool my Fla CCW class last Friday. Sat in a room by myself watched 2 videos, instructor came in explained one of the videos for 5 minutes, paid the man $30, went to the local mall for photo booth pics and finger prints at the police substation in the mall, stopped at the 7-11 on the way home to buy a money order, dropped app in the mailbox on my way inside.

    Start to finish 6 hrs and no shots fired .I didn't really need to take the course because I'm a vet and have already taken one course. I just didn't feel totally comfortable with my knowledge level , because in the Army I was a tugboat mech and the other course I took was 2 videos the instructor talking for 5 mins and no shots fired.

    I think in Fla if you can prove that you ever handled a gun withoout shooting yourself in the foot you can have a permit

    And true there is not now nor has there ever been a 2 step or 3 step rule in Fla. Mine has always been carried unholstered in my glove box or in my softsided briefcase next to me ( zipper partially opened)
     
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    Welcome back to the United States. You'll like it here. Thought I'd mention that the Florida permit is a concealed WEAPONS permit, not just handguns. Switchblade? Fine. Bowie knife? No problem. Sword cane, billy club, kubaton? Your permit's good for it.

    Also, while Florida doesn't permit open carry of guns, you CAN openly carry just about anything else that it's legal for you to own. No permit necessary. So feel free to strap on a broadsword and carry a crossbow while you wait for your permit.

    Also no Texas-style 30.06 law. Some stores might post a "No Guns" sign (I've never seen one), but it carries about the same legal weight as a "No Food or Drinks" sign. (WARNING - I'm not a lawyer.)
     
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    Not true - got my Florida CCW with a 15 year old copy of a NRA basic pistol saftey class certificate.

    Certificate, Notarizd Application, Photo and check -> 60 days and you have your permit.

    Can be done by mail. Go to packing.org for the link to the state web site where you can download the forms.

    No hassle at all.
     
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    I just received my Florida concealed weapon license. The process took longer than anticipated, because the State rejected my first fingerprint card as illegible. The second one I had taken looked just as bad, so I had a third one done at a different police station. Those went through without a problem. Good things come to those that wait (and don't have a criminal record)!:D
     
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    I'm pretty sure Florida also takes a DD 214 as proof of training if that is of any use to you.
     
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    FWIW if you do not have a CCW and place your loaded gun loose in your glove box or in a partly unzippered briefcase, unholstered, and you are stopped for whatever reason, if the LEO finds the gun, your probability of taking a trip to the crossbar motel is a lot better than average. If you have a CCW, the above does not apply.
     
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    Taken from Packing.org "Fla gun laws in plain english" because I didn't have time to find the actual statute on line
    The zipper is not partially open when the officer gets to my door
    Also completely useless
    I have carried this way for 15 years and have had a couple encounters with Leo and his friends, plus the fact that I used to do some work for 2 county sherriffs and 2 local police chiefs who have informed me that I am legal
     
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    Actually, not useless. Most LEOs that do traffic stops do not know Florida law regarding carrying a handgun in your conveyance without a CCW, just as many CCW holders don't know the rules covering where they can carry. Most LEOs in Florida however, grew up with the "2-step rule" and consider that to be the act of opening a glovebox/console and unsnapping holster/unzipping case.

    Given the ease of getting a CCW, there is no reason to not to have one if you carry a gun in your vehicle. If you choose not to, then carry whatever method you consider will minimize the hassle when stopped.

    The applicable Florida law sections are:

    Note the securely encased AND not in the person's manual possession clause. Some interpret this statute to mean the weapon must be out of the person's manual possession for both private and public conveyances. Some consider it to apply only to public conveyances.

    The information at packing.org and other similar sites is a good overall description, but never count on it being the actual law. Telling a LEO you read it online, so it must be correct, probably won't keep you out of trouble if you are in violation. Go to the individual state involved and read for yourself.
     
  22. son of a gun

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    Raymond James ?


    It's nice down here, but if you watch that TV show called "COPS" 95% of the time it's filmed in Hillsborough county same county Tampa's in.

    I'm next door in Clearwater it's not really any safer but I like it "Spring Break" lasts like 2 months instead of one lousy week.:D
     
  23. ceetee

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    MEA CULPA!!! I stand corrected...
     
  24. AUadvisor

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    Son of a Gun, your correct it's Ramond James. Funny thing you mentioned the cops show, my sister lives in clearwater, got in a wreck a few months ago across the bay in tampa and she recognized the responding cop from the show.
     
  25. joab

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    I say completely useless in regards to a gun in a zippered pouch under the passenger seat.
    As far as what most cops believe, that's not my problem. The law is the law and I have a copy in my possesion. I just did not have time to scan and post to photobucket, and Packing.org pretty much quotes the definition of securly encased verbatim.
    I t should be obvious to anyone with basic reading comprehension skills that there are 2 seperate requirements one for private and one for public conveyance but it is a moot point because the gun is not in my manuel possesion anyway, nearby but not in mymanuel possesion.
    There are many valid reasons for a person not to have a permit. To some people the $117 fee is more than they can afford, have you checked the average wage in Fla lately, Some distrust the gov't and don't want to be on their list, some do not believe the state has a right to charge an inflated fee in order to recognize their rights, Are they gonna start issueing $50 permits that allow you to read Playboy next, or in the case of the original poster the permit has not arrived yet, or someone from DC who has not lived here long enough to be a resident and being from a non-issue state cannot count on recipricacy(sp) in the mean time
     
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