Hurricane Ian: Know Your Gun Rights
By Luis Valdes
National Hurricane Center Advisory #24
As your Florida State Director for Gun Owners of America (GOA), I’m hunkering down just as you are and riding out the storm. Remember, our nation’s motto is e pluribus unum and that means out of many, one. Together, we will help one another recover from the hurricane, because we’re all Floridians.
As a Floridian and a responsible gun owner, I wanted to inform you of your Second Amendment rights under the current laws.
FLORIDA IS NOT AN OPEN CARRY STATE. YOU CANNOT LEGALLY OPEN CARRY OUTSIDE OF YOUR PROPERTY (HOME AND/OR BUSINESS) AND IF YOU DO OPEN CARRY, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL ARREST YOU.
FLORIDA IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY STATE. YOU STILL NEED A PERMIT TO CARRY A FIREARM.
IF YOU ARE IN THE ACT OF EVACUATING UNDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER DURING A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY. YOU MAY CARRY A FIREARM CONCEALED FOR 48 HOURS FROM THE MOMENT OF ISSUENCE OF THE EVACUATION ORDER. THIS MEANS YOU MUST HAVE YOUR RESIDENCE IN A DECLARED MANDATORY EVACUATION ZONE WHEN A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS ISSUED. IF NOT, YOU CAN BE ARRESTED FOR CARRYING WITHOUT A PERMIT.
FLORIDA IS A STAND YOUR GROUND STATE. YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR