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  • Open carry on property and in home in Fl

    Is it legal to open carry in a holster on my owned property and home in Florida?

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    Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

    Legal?: Yes
    Smart?: Depends where you live.

    If you live in a planned community or other populated area, mowing your lawn with it strapped to your hip will create more headaches than it probably solves. I guarantee a jogger going by or neighbor down the street will have the police visiting you soon. Again, nothing illegal, but who wants the hassle?

    Also know where your property line is. Don't go walking to your mailbox since often the sidewalk and grass boulevard are public property.

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      Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

      I have open carried on my property after the hurricanes in 2004. Nothing wrong with it. Except as noted above - nosey neighbors!
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      • #4
        Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

        My neighborhood if one person would open carry after something like a 'cane, the rest would follow suit :D

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        • #5
          Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

          Legal. Might get the neighbors excited. I've been known to answer the front door with a .45 on my hip.

          My understanding is if you step off your property, then you are not legal.
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          • #6
            Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

            I have gone to the door with them in my hand... I live way out in the country and knocks on the door at night get a hightened level of attention.

            Open carry in your business, home, on your land.. all legal - I own 15 acres and can and sometimes do open carry all over it. when I cross the street, or go for a walk on my country road, a tee shirt covers my carry gun just fine..

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            • #7
              Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

              Yea...I'm in the country like bowhunter too....Knock on my door after dark and expect to see the Judge at minimum.

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                Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                I answered my front door Saturday night at about 9:00 p.m. with my 10mm inside my front waistband. There is no reason whatsoever for anyone to be at my door at that time of night, (especially after the Ohio State game). Whoever it was (some teenager), took one look at me and left quickly without saying a word. The funny thing is I live in a gated community, so he either lives here or shouldn't have been here. I got a real good look at him, and a security tape of him to boot. I called the Sheriff to report him and let them know I have a tape of him. Don't know what happened after that, haven't heard a thing.

                The point is, you can open carry on your own property. If someone has a problem with that, they may report you (frivoulously) and the authorities may come by, but there is nothing they can do.
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                • #9
                  Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                  Bowhunter you live out in deadmans land and you let someone make it to your front door un-noticed? Better get yourself one of the living alarm systems, they come in several different size's + colors and bark! :shock:

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                  • #10
                    Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                    if you're open carrying out here most people will ask you what is it? do you like it? how much was it? can i try it? :)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                      Mostly legal, but still might wanna check local ordinances, inside the city limits might be a problem. Out in the country should be a non issue.
                      Freedom comes from those who fought for it

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                      • #12
                        Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                        To my understand you can open carry on your own property that you have filed homestead tax exemption on. If you have 2 property you can only filed 1 homestead exemption. Can safely open on the second property outside?

                        On my homestead exempt property if the motion detector light come on in the middle of the night, and I am up I might case my property with my gun in my hand. I have open carry on my second property maybe once, but I was still wondering if it was legal.

                        There was an occasion where a white truck just came on my property 2 guys came out technicals type, but did not announce them selves to me or which company they were from. I was tempered to open carry while they were looking for something on my property but I conceal under my shirt. As I was about to open the door one of them came to me and said can we go on your backyard. I escorted them thru my backyard outside contractor for fpl.

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                          Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                          Originally posted by Blazeofglory
                          To my understand you can open carry on your own property that you have filed homestead tax exemption on. If you have 2 property you can only filed 1 homestead exemption. Can safely open on the second property outside?

                          On my homestead exempt property if the motion detector light come on in the middle of the night, and I am up I might case my property with my gun in my hand. I have open carry on my second property maybe once, but I was still wondering if it was legal.

                          There was an occasion where a white truck just came on my property 2 guys came out technicals type, but did not announce them selves to me or which company they were from. I was tempered to open carry while they were looking for something on my property but I conceal under my shirt. As I was about to open the door one of them came to me and said can we go on your backyard. I escorted them thru my backyard outside contractor for fpl.
                          I'm having trouble finding anything authoratative that says you can open carry on only your homestead property. You can open carry on your home and the business property you own, why would a second property be any different? Besides, the reason you are allowed to open carry on your property is so you can protect your property. It wouldn't make any sense to exclude open carry on other property you own.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                            Open carry outside on your own property is legal in Florida. (single family dwellings, doesn't apply to the common area of a condo or apartment)

                            (FL Supreme Court, Peoples v. State, 287 So. 2d 63, Fla 1973)

                            "It is not unlawful for a person to possess firearms at his home or place of business, including surrounding property, as well as buildings and structures situated thereon" - State vs Anton, 200 So. 2d 743 (Fla 2DCA 1997)

                            "The home exemption applied to the defendant's driveway and yard" - Sherrod vs State, 484 So. 3d 1279 (Fla 4DCA 1986)

                            You should buy a copy of "Florida Firearms: Law, Use and Ownership" by Jon Gutmacher, a Florida attorney specializing in gun law - it's a great book, and answers any question you can come up with on firearms in Florida.

                            http://www.floridafirearmslaw.com

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                            • #15
                              Re: Open carry on property and in home in Fl

                              A lot of whether you run into trouble or not has to do with your appearance. Everybody thinks I look like a cop so if I open carried most would assume I was LE and not think much about it. If I was looking all kid-rock or Jerry Garcia they might think I was up so something. Just my experience.

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