Facts and myths of the new Constitutional Carry law

Published: Jun. 30, 2023 at 3:01 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - “Constitutional carry” goes into effect on July 1, allowing Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit.

Local police want people to understand what the new law does and does not change, as misinformation spreads.

Facts about the law:

  • Open carry by civilians is still illegal in Florida under most circumstances.
  • Your firearm still must be concealed.
  • This does not change who can purchase a firearm, possess a firearm, or the waiting period to purchase a firearm.
  • To carry a concealed firearm in Florida, you still must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old and not be a convicted felon or other disqualifying condition.
  • You still may not carry a firearm anywhere outlined in Florida Statute 790.06, including schools, colleges and universities, polling places, bars, courthouses and government meetings.
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Myth 5(Sarasota Police Department)