POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Florida’s new law regarding the carrying of concealed weapons without having a government permit is in effect as of Saturday, July 1, 2023. Sheriff Grady Judd released a video, offering tips for those new to carrying.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd discusses the new law in a video released on YouTube.
“I urge everyone who plans to take advantage of their right to carry a concealed weapon in Florida to familiarize themselves with the law. There are still some restrictions and guidelines having to do with who is eligible and where firearms can be carried. I encourage anyone who wants to own, possess, or carry a concealed firearm to become familiar with that weapon—learn how to safely handle it and fire it. And always make sure you carry and store firearms safely and securely,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
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“Dont shoot anyone you don’t have to shoot. You know what I’m saying?” said Judd in the video release.
Among the requirements and rules that are important to know:
- Anyone carrying concealed MUST also carry a valid identification on them and produce that ID upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
- The firearm MUST be concealed at all times. Open carry is still against the law in Florida (with exceptions where you are actively fishing, camping, hunting, or target shooting, or traveling to or from these activities).
- Previous restrictions regarding who is eligible to carry a firearm basically remains the same (eg: must be 21 or older, cannot have been convicted of a felony, etc.) and where you cannot carry a concealed firearm (eg: schools, bars, courthouses, etc.).
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