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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    National Park Concealed Carry and Florida Comment
    Gregory Morris, 12/8/08 10:39:35 am
    Since the new rule regarding guns in National Parks is out, and will take effect soon, there have been a lot of questions flying around. In particular, a lot of people want to know how the new rule will effect parks in their home state.

    Florida currently has no restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon in a National Park, so long as you have a valid CWP and are carrying pursuant to any/all other relevant laws. So as soon as the new rule takes effect, (disclaimer: IANAL, but this is how I understand it) permit holders may legally carry their concealed firearms on NPS land in Florida.

    Many CWP holders in Florida will remember that only a few years ago, the Florida State Park service changed their rule regarding concealed weapons. The new rule still bans guns in general, but allows for possession of a gun pursuant to other Florida law, which happens allows for concealed carry with a permit (don't have your permit yet? Get it!) It seems (IANAL) that the only places that are off-limits for concealed carry in Florida now are the "obvious ones", listed under 790.06, and any place where federal law bars possession of a firearm.

    Here are some of the Florida parks affected by the new NPS rule:
  • Everglads National Park. The biggest and most alligator infested park in Florida.
  • Big Cypress National Preserve. This is the beautiful swap north of the Everglades. Also alligator infested.
  • Biscayne National Park. A significant portion of Biscayne is actually under water. I don't suggest SCUBA diving with your Glock.
  • Canaveral National Seashore. Just don't stray onto NASA or Patrick AFB property while carrying.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore. Be sure you know the difference between NPS land and the various military base property. I believe some of the land adjoining the national seashore is part of Eglin AFB.

    There are others, of course, but those are the biggies. Enjoy!

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