Open carry is generally not legal in Florida. However, it is allowed when you are hunting or fishing. The Tampa PD seems not to have gotten that message. George Freeman, as you can read below, was fishing on a city pier when he was detained and then ultimately banned from a city pier while open carrying.
While I personally prefer concealed carry, I do so in a state where unlicensed open carry has been the rule since the early 1920s thanks to a NC Supreme Court ruling. I believe open carry should be legal because, at the very least, concealed carry holders need protection when inadvertently exposing their firearm.
Florida Carry files lawsuit against Tampa for violations of members’ rights and Florida law.
Tampa went too far.Our member, George Freeman was NOT breaking any law but he was detained for over an hour, disarmed, searched, and ultimately banned from a Tampa city pier and all city parks for exercising his Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms.The fact that a person is peacefully exercising their right to bear arms is not cause for police officers to attack, detain, search, and trespass a citizen who is a law-abiding gun owner.To insure that this does not happen again, our lawyers are coming fishing with us at the next regularly scheduled Florida Carry Fishing Meetup, on – Ballast Point Pier in Tampa. Information and directions can be found by clicking HERE.We have also filed a lawsuit to defend the right to bear arms, our members, and your rights. You can read about the case by clicking HERE.We are raising funds to support the lawsuit. please read more and consider contributing to your fellow gun owner’s case at: https://www.gofundme.com/DefendingRKBA
Open Carry Fishing
We often have to go to the courts to demand our rights.You can keep up to date on our court cases at: https://www.floridacarry.org/litigation