Florida Carry will hold its Second Annual Open Carry Fishing Adventure at Ocala Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala, Florida 34470 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10am – 5pm.
The event is held during one of Florida’s free fishing weekend. So the good news is, you don’t need a fishing license to fish. And under Florida Statute 790.25(3) you can legally open carry a pistol or long gun while fishing (or going to or from fishing).
The irony is that currently under state law, a person who is licensed to conceal carry a firearm would be arrested and jailed just for walking around the same park (if not fishing) if any part of their firearm became visible from underneath their clothing.
A person’s manner of carry should not be dictated by the government. If you are licensed to carry, then you should have the freedom to carry your firearm, concealed or not.
Is there any other constitutional right we have as citizens that must be practiced in secret or seek a government permission slip to exercise?
Florida Republicans have continually refused to restore the right of open carry. Then Florida State Attorney Janet Reno organized a deal in 1987 that stripped Floridians of their open carry rights during a late at night session in the Florida Legislature.
Attend this Florida Carry event (no membership required) if at all possible to show your support for your carry rights, and then join Florida Carry for only $25 per year. If you join their $50 plan you even get a free Kydex holster.
Additionally, call and write the office of Governor Ron DeSantis and ask if he intends to take a backseat to open carry rights just like former Governor and now current Senator Rick Scott did, as he watched Republican leadership in the state legislature kill bills that would have legalized open carry.
Tell the new governor you want him to take the lead on this and not just watch from the sidelines while the Legislature plays its games.
It’s high time for liberty to shine in the state formerly known as the “Gunshine State.”