Rick Scott Approves Bill to "Briefly" Flash Your Gun at People

Florida doesn't have an open-carry law to show your piece off in public, but it's now OK to "briefly and openly" flash your firearm to the populace.

Since Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 234 into law Friday, it's been legal to show off your hardware -- but just for a little bit.

Here's the addition to Florida Statutes that bans openly carrying your weaponry:

It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.

So if you're not displaying your heat in "an angry or threatening manner," the Legislature and the governor think you ought to be able to wave it around for a little bit.

As a caveat, you need to have a concealed-weapons permit to exhibit your firearms to people, and you still can't even bring your gun into the typical gun-free zones -- schools, places where cops work, courthouses, the Legislature, etc.

The law also won't interfere with having a gun out while you're purchasing or trading one, which is now protected as well.

Leaving your piece in your car has been approved too, as long as you have a concealed-carry permit.

Click here to read the full text of the bill signed by the governor.


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