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
Carry In Restaurant SEE DETAILS
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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Antique handgun

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.

The Law
790.06

NO

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
790.25
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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George

Is there a registry of guns serial numbers and owners or buyers?

Steve
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Steve

What is the leagal way to carry a rifle on a motorcycle? I have a concield carry permit from Florida.

Rick
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Rick

I moved out of Florida and have a resident permit. Can I change this to a non-resident permit?

Vincent McDermott
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Vincent McDermott

I am a retired NYPD police officer in good standing and have a valid NYS carry permit. What documentation and procedures do I need to follow when I move to Florida. Thank you

Justin Tyler Kress
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Justin Tyler Kress

I was convicted of 784.03 did I lose my gun rights ? If so how do I restore them

paul
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your allowed to carry in parks, unless they have a no weapon policy. some parks are private property for public use. As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. <- state of florida

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Ana

Can I conceal carry my handgun in a public library? Now I don’t feel like I need one in a library, but I’m a stay at home mom and my husband and I only have one vehicle which he takes to work with him 5 days a week. I would like to bike or walk places while he is gone. Like to our local library and I want to take my gun with me for the walk/bike ride. If I’m not supposed to take my gun in the library and I don’t have a vehicle with me to put it… Read more »

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Agustin Rodriguez

CCW permission from Chicago IL, Have moved to Orlando Florida USA 2018 Would I have to take CCW classes again Illinois 16 hour .Orlando classes are cost and hour’s CCW permission.

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2AFLRIder

I am a veteran who was honorably discharged. I am currently awaiting the arrival of my Florida issued CCW and will be attending college in a few weeks. I would also like to be able to stop by the range either before or after my classes. My only mode of transportation at the moment will be motorcycle and on some occasions public conveyance. Typical travel will be home -> school -> range -> home or home -> range -> school -> home. What are the best legal practices for these aforementioned scenarios? Would disassembling/assembling the weapon in the parking lot… Read more »

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One question I can’t find an answer to or get a the same answer from multiple LEO’s, for non ccw holders who are Florida state residents. Is it legal to have a loaded handgun (one in the hole) in your vehicle? I understand the rules pertaining to glove boxes and holsters. But no where does it mention loaded or with a loaded mag being in the firearm. Thanks.

Jim
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I’m not a lawyer but I have never seen a distinction between loaded or unloaded in FL, with or without a ccw license.

Tom
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Tom

Can I use a gun even if I have a certificate

RUSSELL MOORMAN
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RUSSELL MOORMAN

Can I open carry on my property?

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RUSSELL MOORMAN

Can i open carry om my property?

Mason
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Mason

If I am 19 and want to purchase a pistol through a private sale from a friend am I allowed to own the gun legally ?

Sean McGowan
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Sean McGowan

To my knowledge, you cannot legally own a pistol until you are 21, regardless of how you bought it. The sale itself might even be illegal. There might be an exception if you are military, but I haven’t heard of it.

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Through private sale you can purchase any firearm at 18 from an unlicensed dealer

Steve
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Steve

That is no longer the case. Must be 21 years of age. Rick Scott signed new restrictions after the Orlando shooting.

Al johns
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Al johns

No,only allowed to transport hand gun from point a tob and it must be in car not ready for use you may purchase a long gun/ rifle at 18 and always use extreme caution because each officer interpret the law differently, just becareful

Pat Nelson
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Pat Nelson

Depends on the state you live in. Check gunstocarry.com for your state’s information.

Mac
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Mac

Can a resident non citizen (I am from UK and in FL on an E2 investor visa) get a CCW?

John
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John

If you have been issued a green card and are a lawful permanent resident then Florida will issue you with a concealed weapons permit.

Al johns
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Al johns

Yes if you have a valid green card and is a lawful resident you may apply

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With the Florida concealed carry permit can you carry more than one gone on your person

alex
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yes you can carry as many as you want

Al johns
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Al johns

Yes Florida has no limit on how many guns you may carry on your person as long as they are LEGAL weapons guns knives,stun guns .

Gail
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Gail

I have a Florida non-resident CCW and live here 5 months during the winter. I was looking at guns at Top Gun, Volusia County. I was told I cannot purchase unless I have proof of where I live. My S.O. bought our place and everything is in his name. It was suggested I get something like a water bill with my name on it tp prove residency. It has to be a governmental, or federally issued bill as I recall. Not even sure if the water dept would do this even with my S.O. with me. All my U.S. mail… Read more »

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Federal Law states you can only buy handguns in your state of residency, but you can buy a handgun out of state and have it shipped to a FFL dealer in your home state also the firearm has to conform to your state laws.

Al john
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Al john

My personal opinion is the person made a personal decision not to sell to you which is his right, I have never had an issue making a purchase while in another state because the background check is a federal check which is Nationwide I travel around the country in search of rare firearms he may have been suspicious of you in some way and instead of telling you that he chose to blame it on your out of state identification

Al john
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Al john

But they have to be shipped to dealer in your home town

Pat Nelson
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Pat Nelson

I believe if you register to vote in FL with your FL address that is “one” acceptable proof of residency.

Carlos
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Carlos

I have my concealed carry license here in florida em i allowed to carry one in the chamber?

Philip R Pruchinsky
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Philip R Pruchinsky

whats the point of CC if you aren’t locked and loaded?

Kevin
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Kevin

Why would you carry an empty firearm?

Sandy
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Sandy

I carry my 357 revolver on a empty chamber still leaves me with 6 chambers loaded

billy
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billy

thats retarded

Al johns
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Al johns

So you have a 7 shot .357 I’m not a revolver type of guy so I’m not sure if they are six shots or seven

Brandon
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Brandon

Yes you can legally carry with a round chambered. Just make sure you have your firearm in a good quality holster and that the trigger is covered so theres no accidental discharge.

Al john
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Al john

Yes you can but becareful and you must understand the functionality of your firearm.

Brandon Armstrong
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Brandon Armstrong

I have a question. Am I allowed to have my handgun in the car without a license? It was put in the glove compartment and not loaded… I’ve got pulled over and they asked if I had a firearm, I said yes. They asked for license, I said no, I don’t have one. Long story short… They let me off with a warning and we’re going to ticket me. Then they told me, I have to keep it in the trunk… it was a .380 .. why would I keep something so little in the trunk anyways? But yeah…

Juan
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Brandon that depends on the state you are in. In the state of Florida. “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… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

Did you cut and paste that? Just give the man a clear answer.

Kevin M
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Kevin M

My understanding is, you can only have a firearm in your home if no cwp. A gun is a gun no matter what caliber. They just didnt see you as a threat, so they let you put in the trunk at the time. Also, if you are going to a range you would transport in trunk UNLOADED if no permit.

Al johns
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Al johns

Read section 790.001 and they indeed saw him as a threat because they purposely misinformed him of the law and made him they they did him a favor by giving him a warning instead of the other option of jail he do not have to place his firearm in the trunk when going to range please read statue so you will also be informed of the law and also become a member of the NRA so you can have updated laws at your finger tips just words of advice from a man who has legally married for 25 years without… Read more »

Al johns
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Al johns

Florida law says not ready for immediate use meaning in a zipper closed case glove box brief case ect. It is not required under Florida law that you must put it in the trunk and read your warning carefully it may have been worded as if you had it displayed illegally and they cut you a break with a warning Florida statue 790.001 they just wanted your gun as far away from you as possible.

Pat mark
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Pat mark

Remember the old days , had to be 3 moves.
That was our rule to be safe 30 years ago for the glove box

Gordon
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Gordon

CC in Florida. Can I carry my weapon inside a belt pouch! No outline of weapon visible.

Al johns
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Al johns

Yes as long as it’s secured and concealed

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