Florida generally prohibits the open carrying of a firearm.1 Persons licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Florida who possess a firearm in a concealed manner may “briefly and openly display” the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the gun is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.2
Florida also prohibits the exhibition of a firearm in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, in the presence of one or more persons.3
See our Open Carry policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Fla. Stat. § 790.053(1).
- Id. Florida Statutes § 790.053 does not apply to various military personnel, law enforcement officers, government employees, security guards, messengers, regularly enrolled members of shooting or firearms collecting clubs (while at or going to/from club events), persons “engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting” (or while going to/from such expeditions), or persons possessing arms at their home or place of business, among others. Fla. Stat. § 790.25(3).
- Fla. Stat. § 790.10.