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Vehicle Carry Laws in Florida

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Florida Vehicle Carry

In Florida if you are 18 years of age or older, you are allowed to carry a loaded handgun even if you Do Not have a Concealed Weapons License (CWL).

Vehicle carry without a permit is allowed if the handgun is “securely encased”. “Securely Encased” means in a glove compartment or console, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster (if the holster has a method of retention); in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

Vehicle carry on one’s person inside a vehicle without a permit is not allowed.

Without a permit, handguns in a vehicle must be securely encased, period. Securely encasing the handgun makes it not readily accessible. The holster can be any retention type holster, such as Black Hawk’s Serpa holster.

Once a handgun is securely encased, it can be stored anywhere inside the vehicle and is not limited to just the glove compartment/center console. There is no such thing as the 2-step law or 2-step process.

Motorcycle Carry

Remember, your firearm must be concealed! If you carry your gun on you, make sure the wind does not expose it. Without a CWL, you can still carry a loaded firearm when you ride. You cannot place the firearm in your backpack and wear it on your back while riding.

Without a CWL your firearm must be securely encased or not readily accessible for immediate use AND within the interior of the motorcycle. Therefore, the firearm needs to be placed in a permanently attached compartment that is not physically attached to you. A firearm stored in a saddle bag, attached to the motorcycle is an example of proper carry without a CWL.

Written by: Ret. Sgt. Zeke Mathena

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