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Legal to openly carry a KA-BAR in FL?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Hoplophile, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Hoplophile

    Hoplophile Member

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  2. xm15

    xm15 New Member

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    Here you go:

    Florida Statute
    790.053 Open carrying of weapons.--

    (1) Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device.

    (2) A person may openly carry, for purposes of lawful self-defense:

    (a) A self-defense chemical spray.

    (b) A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

    (3) Any person violating this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
     
  3. expvideo

    expvideo Senior Member

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    LOL, Florida has already outlawed carrying phasers.
     
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  4. Ed N.

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    No law prohibiting carring a fixed blade knife openly in Florida. Gutmacher even mentions this in his book (which you should buy, rather than relying on the internet).

    If you want to walk down the street wearing a broadsword and carrying a crossbow, you're technically legal. Cops may not like it, of course, and may decide to find some other way to harass or charge you.
     
  5. divemedic

    divemedic Senior Member

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    There are other laws which can be used to enforce this.

    790.115:

    Define "rude" or "careless" and you see the leeway here. Where in most towns are you more than 1,000 feet from any school, school bus, or school bus stop? The only way out of this one is to be the holder of a CCW. Of course, then there is also 790.10 to worry about:

    That assumes that you are not carrying the weapon while in your car, because doing so can be illegal carrying of a concealed weapon:

    Read this, and remember that a court may decide to rule that if you carry the knife on your person, and that knife is not in the ordinary sight of people outside the vehicle, this could be carrying a concealed weapon. The way out of this is to have a CCW.
     
  6. 7.62X25mm

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    The "1000 foot rule" around schools got tossed by the courts as being unenforcably vague.

    Better haul out S. 776.012 and see what it says. It sux that you need an attorney on retainer to lawfully carry a pocket knife.
     
  7. divemedic

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    It was the FEDERAL 1,000 foot rule that was struck down, not the State law. 776.012 does not apply:

    776.012 Use of force in defense of person.--A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
     

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