GUN LAWS IN FLORIDA

Complete Guide To CCW Laws


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Florida firearms laws operate at the state level and can be described as being accommodating compared to other states. The states policy is "Shall Issue" for a concealed carry license with the licenses being issued to both residents and non-residents. Florida is one of five states that bans open carry although open carry is permitted in some limited situations. The state has full preemption over all gun laws for handguns and long guns.

Florida CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted NO
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Constitutional Carry NO
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How Reciprocity Works in Florida

State statutes allow Florida to accept licenses from other states only if that state agrees to honor a Florida concealed carry license. Florida reciprocity law is governed by section 790.015 of the Florida statutes.

Florida currently has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states. A Florida concealed carry license is valid in all these states with a few exceptions as noted at the bottom of this section.

Firearms laws vary with each state and a Florida license holder will be subject to the laws of whatever state they are travelling in.

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Exceptions

Florida and other state CCW license holders should all take note of the following exceptions when traveling in any of the states listed below.
Only residential CCW licenses from states that Florida has reciprocity agreements with will be honored. Non-residential licenses will not be accepted even if the state has a reciprocity agreement with Florida.

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Florida CCW License

The Florida concealed carry license differs from other states in that it allows holders of the license to not only carry a handgun but also other weapons such as electronic weapons, tear gas guns, billies (baton) and knives. Applicants must be at least 21 years or older and have completed a firearms training course.

The age requirement is reduced to 18 - 20 for members of the armed forces. There is also a broad range of other requirements applicants must meet with a full list in our requirements section. Applications can be made online, in person or by mail.

Non-Resident License

Non-Residents can apply in the same way as residents. However, non-residents will need to submit paper fingerprint cards with the prints having been done by your local law enforcement agency. You will also need to ensure the address of the agency has been entered on the back of the fingerprint card, if the address is missing your application will be returned.

Moving to Florida
If you are moving to Florida and hold a valid CCW license in your current state you will need to establish residence in Florida by;

  • Making a statement of domicile.
  • Registering to vote.
  • Filing an application for homestead tax exemption on property located in Florida.

Once you have established legal residence in Florida your out of state CCW license will be valid for 90 days. This only applies if your license is from a state that honors a Florida CCW license.

The Law
790-015 Non-resident license

Handgun Training

You will need to submit a copy of a certificate from one of he following courses to prove you are competent with a firearm;

  • NRA training course.
  • Hunter safety courses that have been approved by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or by similar organizations in other states.
  • Any firearms safety course offered by a college, law enforcement agency, private or public institution, with instructors that are certified by the NRA, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services or Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  • A firearms training course with a state certified instructor.
  • Documents from participation in an organized shooting competition.

Military Training
If you are on active duty you can submit a military order or a statement of military service signed by a personnel officer or commander. For former military personnel you can submit a DD form 214 for honorable discharge from military service.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class
  • You are a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
  • You must reside in the U.S.
  • You do not have two or more DUI convictions within the previous 3 years
  • No convictions for a violent crime in the last three years, either misdemeanor or felony
  • Federal law requirements

More Details
These are the minimum requirements to qualify for a Florida concealed carry permit. Full requirement details for a concealed carry permit can be found on the application page.

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Florida CCW Application & Renewal

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Florida: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Florida

  • Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail
  • Any courthouse or courtroom
  • Any polling place
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  • Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
  • Any area of a vocational-technical center
  • Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
  • Any college or university facility
  • Inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Florida

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Florida CCW

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Florida Open Carry

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Open carry in Florida.

The Facts on Florida Open Carry

As a general rule Florida open carry is illegal and the law bans handguns from being carried openly even with a valid permit. Open carry has not always been banned in Florida's gun history but currently Florida is one of  five states in the US that ban open carry. The Supreme Court in November, 2017 upheld the ban on open carry in Florida by refusing to hear a case challenging the law.

When Is Open Carry Legal?

There are under Florida Statute 790.25 certain limited conditions in which open carry is legal. Such conditions would be if you are;

  • Traveling to or engaged in camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting or
  • Lawful target shooting

790.25 Lawful Ownership, Possession, and use of Firearms and Other Weapons

  • (h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
  • (i) A person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of any such person while engaged in the lawful course of such business;
  • (j) A person firing weapons for testing or target practice under safe conditions and in a safe place not prohibited by law or going to or from such place;
  • (k) A person firing weapons in a safe and secure indoor range for testing and target practice;

Open carry is only permitted in the above limited situations.

How Will The Police React to Open Carry in Florida?

As seen in the following video clip you will be stopped by law enforcement and questioned if seen open carrying a firearm in Florida. Even if you are engaged in legal activities where open carry is permitted such as fishing, hunting, and camping you will still likely raise unwanted attention from the police who are likely to fire some questions your way (hopefully not bullets)!

Florida Police question teen who is open carrying.

History Of Florida Gun Laws

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Learn Florida's Gun History

1894

Until 1894 concealed carry of a firearm for self defense was accepted in Florida. The original licensing law was enacted in 1894 but was only applicable in the county in which it was issued. These licenses were issued by the various County Commissions with applicants having to post a surety bond or $100 cash. However, the 1894 law did not include concealed carry which was not permitted before the early 1970's.

1970

This changed in the early 1970's when a man that was denied a permit in Sarasota County appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. The Court ruled that carriage of a firearm was a right that the Florida Constitution guaranteed and the various commissions MUST issue a permit. This court ruling forced a change to the 1894 law and it was slightly modified to permit that method of carry, however it was still only legal in the county a permit was issued.

1987

In 1987 the Florida gun laws were updated and Florida became a Shall Issue state. The 1987 law also legitimized open carry without a license, however due to public opposition stoked by the press open carry was then banned again. Up until 1987 unlawful carrying of a firearm was treated as a misdemeanor.

2005

Florida was the first state to enact stand your ground laws on October 1, 2005. More than 20 other states quickly passed similar laws after the introduction of Florida's law.

Florida Concealed Carry Laws

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Florida Gun Laws To Know

NO - Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Florida gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are required by law to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

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790.06

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Any "No Firearms" signage in Florida generally does not have the law behind it. Unless, the sign is posted in an area that falls within the Off-Limits law. The area must be specifically stated in the section of law as being off limits.

Even if the law does not backup a "No Firearms" sign you can still be arrested for trespass if you enter the property. So its best to not enter any property with such a sign posted.

YES - Without a permit
It is lawful for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purposes within the interior of a private vehicle, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. "Securely encased" means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

The Law
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790.001
790.17 Minimum age to transport Firearm 18

NO - with or Without a permit
Open Carry is illegal in Florida even if you have a permit/license. Under section 790.25(3)(h)(j)(k) of the Florida statutes there are some limited situations were it is legal to open carry such as traveling to and being engaged in lawful target shooting, fishing, hunting, and camping.

The Law
790.053
790.25

YES/NO
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

You are not permitted under Florida law to carry in a bar area that serves alcohol. The law states that "any portion of an establishment that dispenses alcohol.... which is primarily devoted to such purpose".

So it is widely interpreted in Florida to mean that you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, as its primary purpose is to dispense food and not alcohol. However, if the restaurant has a bar area you cannot enter that area while carrying a firearm. And you certainly cannot enter a fully licensed bar. That is classed as a misdemeanor with a possible 60 days jail or $500 fine.

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If the restaurant has posted a no firearms sign and you enter then you could be charged with armed trespass which is a felony.

The Law
790.06 (12)

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES
State/National Forests:    YES
State Game Management Units:    YES
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES

The Law
State Park Rules

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law."
(Art. I, § 8)
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Florida Off-Limit Statutes

Other Florida CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Other Firearm Laws

Private Sales
Private sales of guns in Florida are legal and the transaction does not need to be processed through a licensed dealer as in some other states.

Florida law allows counties to require background checks and a 3 – 5 day waiting period when firearms are sold on property the public have access to such as a gun show. However, these local laws cannot be applied to concealed carry permit holders.

Florida Constitution, Art VIII Sec. 5(b)

Florida CCW FAQ's

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Florida CCW Contact

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Miami-Dade Office

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 7743 NW 48th St. Ste. 100

CityDoral, FL 33166-5407

Phone (305) 639-3500

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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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I have two questions: First, I am going to be getting my concealed carry permit and wanted to confirm that I can keep it on my person while in my car. The law states conceal carry while in a vehicle includes “snapped in a holster”, so does this include a holster that is on my person? Or does the holster need to also be out of reach and not readily accessible? Second: I am a new resident of Florida, purchased my gun in Florida, but my license plates still say Pennsylvania. Is this at all a problem when transporting my… Read more »

Anthony j
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Anthony j

Do I need a concealed carry permit to purchase a gun from a gun store in Florida ?

Brandon
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Brandon

No, you dont need a concealed carry permit to purchase a gun from a store in Florida. Having a concealed permit allows the buyer to skip the three day waiting period on purchasing a firearm.

Jameson L
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Jameson L

So I’ve heard from multiple people that if I have a hunters safety license then I do not need to take a ccw course is this true for Florida. Thanks

Kody
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Kody

I am going tomorrow to submit my application for my CCW with only having my hunter safety… all that is required is a firearm safety coarse wich includes your hunter safety. But as I am doing I would still look up the laws on concealed carry just so you know where you can conceal. Pretty much if you have to use your firearm you have to be in fear for your life or bodily injury.

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Roger J

Knife laws have always been funky, yet good in Florida. I pretty much carry only automatic knives, which are perfectly fine here. And I know that anything under 4″ is good to go. One of my favorite EDC knives has a 4.25″ blade, however!! Recently, I’ve quit carrying it because of not finding anything definitive on it’s legality, even with my CWP. Again, I know anything under 4″ is fine, but the law doesn’t go much further, and remains ambiguous! Can I carry my favorite 4.25″ without worry? Or, should I not take a chance? (It’s thin, light, fast, and… Read more »

Brandon
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Brandon

Its legal to carry a knife here in Florida with a conceal carry permit if the blade is more than 4 inches. A conceal carry permit covers knives, stun guns, and clubs. Not just firearms. Dont take legal advice from LEOs.

Mike Slade
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Mike Slade

Can you keep your handgun in your hotel room while visiting from out of state, or should you just leave it in your vehicle? Thanks in advance

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Yes, while occupied it it considered living quarters, however its still a good practice to keep your CWP on you even if its out of state

Billbaroo
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Billbaroo

Can I carry and take test with a 22 cal handgun?

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Yes, Florida has no restrictions on what handgun you can take the test with so as long as its legal and pass qualifications.

Hector Ruiz Rodriguez
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Hector Ruiz Rodriguez

great informative site..many thanks!!!

John
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John

Can you obtain a CCW permit in FL if you were pardoned and all rights restored 45 years ago in In Louisiana?

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Answer the questionnaire to find out if you are.

https://licensing.freshfromflorida.com//firearms/prequal_questions.aspx

chris
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chris

I plan on visiting florida in Jan. i have a ccw for MN is there a permit i can apply for to carry in Fl.? or can i even have it in the glove compartment does any one have any info on this?

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Being as FL does not recognize a MN CWP and you must be a resident in order to apply you are unfortunately out of luck on that. However FL does allow vehicle carry without permit.

Dave
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Dave

Florida does issue carry permits to non residents.
Search online, I am from NY and got one.

james f. turner
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james f. turner

I moved back to michigan in 2015 my permit expired 2016 ,I am back in fl. 9 months year
What do i have to to renew?? it
Thank you James turner

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

You are outside the 6 month grace period and will have to apply for a new one provided you have a Florida residency, This will include taking the class and qualifying.

Nashava Kent
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Nashava Kent

What A Great Informational Site to learn and educate others on Florida Fire Arm Laws!!

C RUPE
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C RUPE

Can my employer prohibit me from carrying concealed if I have a permit?

C RUPE
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C RUPE

Let me rephrase….. “unauthorized possession or use of weapons is prohibited”

Florin
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Florin

Yes, employers can prohibit you from having a fire arm on premises and to terminate employment for breaking company policies. However, employers cannot prohibit you from storing your weapon in your car parked on premises. So, if your employer prohibits you from carrying at work, leave your gun in the car to be safe. (company policies are not law, however, they can terminate employment for breaking them; it is illegal for any employer to prohibit you from storing your gun in the car)

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M Ram

Yes they can while you are at work or under their paid time. This will fall under their company policy. Once you are not under their paid time or off work and have exited any of their property including any company vehicles you can carry your firearm concealed falling under state law with your CCW.

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Coop

Active duty military – what are the limits of a conceal carry? Can I have a BB gun concealed on my waist Or I can only have it in my car or camping grounds? . Do you need a permit for a BB gun ? I live in a high sex trafficking area .

Brandon
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Brandon

Why do you carry a BB gun? Carry a firearm that can actually stop someone if a self defense situation occurs. You’re obviously not a real veteran or not a very smart one.

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

1st I have no clue to why anyone would carry a BB gun as a form of protection, especially in a “High sex traffic area”.
2nd Military member are not given any special treatment with the exception of a expedited CWP turn around.
3rd I am questioning the validity of your military service with the need to iterate that you are active and carry a BB gun.

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Scott

I have a question regarding vehicle carry. I visit florida frequently because my mother lives here. I’m from illinois and I know florida doesnt honor my concealed carry license and vice versa for whatever unconstitutional bs reason. Am I allowed to have a loaded firearm in my personal vehicle that is also registered to the state my permit was issued regardless of reciprocity? This shouldn’t even be a question as I passed the same national check everyone else does plus I’m prior military not to mention the 2nd amendment right that is taken away from me for having to ask… Read more »

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So from what I know you don’t actually need a permit to have a gun in your car in Florida or in your home. Only to carry it on your person will you need a permit. Also you don’t have to register your guns either I don’t think. You can have a gun in your car but it has to be put away like in the dashboard. Also you don’t have to disclose your firearm to a police officer in Florida… so that’s nice. If all you want to do is travel in your car with your gun and have… Read more »

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Jak

What happens if a person forgets there weapon in a bag in an airport. Do they loose their CWC?

Johhny Law
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Johhny Law

Well let me start with it would absolutely behoove you to know whats in your check bags and carry ons because once TSA finds it, You ARE going to jail. What happens after that is one how good your lawyer is as well as a judges discretion.

Jamie Eastman
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Jamie Eastman

If you hold a CCW for the State of Florida as a resident can you carry your concealed weapon on your person if you have the permit? The law states that you cannot carry the gun open where it is readily accessible without a permit, so I assume this means with a permit you can, but I just want to clarify.

Heidi
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Heidi

As long as it is concealed. In your purse, under your shirt, etc.

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Yeah that’s absolutely incorrect. Being that a business is considered private property in Florida its completely up to the employer if they will allow it.

Johhny Law
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Johhny Law

Wow, Don’t know that posted to the wrong comment being as it was intended for the post below.

Mackenzie
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Mackenzie

So the state of Florida require you have a ccw permit to carry a firearm. That firearm can be loaded and ready to use at all time. However for whatever dumb reason we don’t allow open carry. Printing isn’t illegal neither is accidental exposure of your firearm. For instance if your wearing a firearm and you bend over to shake someones hand and your firearm pops out from under your shirt that’s not illegal. You just can’t walk around open carrying.

Raymond Stewart
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Raymond Stewart

An I carry at my place of work is my boss allows, even if I dont have a ccw ?

Heidi
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Heidi

No. You aren’t allowed to carry at all without a permit.

Johnny Law
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Johnny Law

Yeah that’s absolutely incorrect. Being that a business is considered private property in Florida its completely up to the employer if they will allow it

Jill
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Jill

You do not need any permit to carry on your own private property or that of another with their permission

Phil
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Phil

Can you please tell me what is the minimum requirement for a safe for a long gun? Can it be as simple as a locked upright file cabinet or does it have to be a strong sturdy safe?

Tina
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Tina

If I am a manager at a bar and I work late by myself and walk to my car by myself can I keep a gun locked in the safe during hours with a concealed permit then carry after hours when alone ?

Mackenzie
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Mackenzie

To the best of my knowledge you can carry a firearm in your place of employment even if you are employed at a place that serves alcohol. I believe employees are looked at differently than people coming to drink. Double check me though…

Toni
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Toni

I work in a state office building (dept of mgmt services managed building) can I conceal carry with a permit? There is a sign posted no weapons. This is the same sign that has been posted since 2014.

Heidi
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Heidi

If there is a sign that says no weapons, that means no weapons. With or without a permit.

Mackenzie
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Mackenzie

Any governmental building is a no go for weapons… however employers don’t have legal right to ban you from carrying. The best they can do is tell you to leave after finding out that you are carrying.In the words of my gun instructors, “I would keep it to myself and still carry knowing it’s not enforced by law”. The goverment building thing though… I would never bring my daily carry into any governmental building because that is against the law. Anyways good luck! 🙂

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