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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Guns and Parks Comment
    Gregory Morris, 3/31/08 4:54:30 pm
    I'm working on a post about the laws concerning guns in parks in Florida. There are a lot of laws and regulations to wade through when trying to understand where and how you may possess a weapon. Consider for a moment that national parks, state parks, county parks, city parks, wildlife management areas, wilderness areas, etc., all have different rules. As soon as I get my book back from Robb, I'll finish up that blog entry.

    The reason I'm posting on this thought early is because of this article: Dunedin Causeway closed after gunman spotted.

    The Dunedin Causeway is about 10 minutes from my house, and I spend a lot of time there (walking, launching my boat, or fishing from shore.) The article's title refers to the man as a "gunman", which is some of that lovely Tampa Bay's 10 bias showing... it never says any firearm was discharged, which leads me to believe that the title is bogus.

    There are a number of scenarios, the most likely being that there is a crazy man with a gun on the causeway. But the lack of any editorial oversight at TB10 never ceases to amaze me.

    Anyway, Honeymoon Island State Park is beautiful, but guns are probably prohibited there. Hunting certainly is, and it is likely that any non-concealable gun would be a violation (an unloaded gun gun locked in the trunk may be OK, but I'm not sure.) The trickier issue is concealed carry which is technically preempted by the state (and state parks are not on the do-not-carry list.) The problem is that there is no case law on the subject. Of course, it is obvious that the incident reported by TB10 does not involve someone carrying a concealed weapon, because if that were the case nobody would have ever known.

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