I don’t claim to understand all of the Open Carry regulations in Florida. But it seems like this guy isn’t helping. I support open carry for a myriad of reasons. The first being it’s a buffer. A frontier. Much like when the anti-gun types successfully got rid of class 3 weapons, suddenly they went after modern sporting rifles (aka Assault Weapons). I see the same thing here. If the idea of open carry is successfully polarized, very quickly you WILL SEE ccw holders in slave states arrested for accidental, incidental flashes of their weapons.
Don’t believe me? Now that many of you CAN carry in Chicago, what happens if someone accidentally “makes you” at the local Starbucks? Felony charges for open carry? I surely hope not. –Marky
CLICK ORLANDO — A 27-year-old man was detained by police Sunday in Daytona Beach after someone called 911 saying a man with an assault rifle was walking around the tourist district.
Christopher Ray, who does not have a concealed weapons permit, was arrested on charges of open carrying of a weapon. Police said Ray’s semiautomatic rifle had a 30-round magazine with a round in the chamber.
According to an arrest report, Ray entered a Burger King on North Atlantic Avenue (State Road A1A) and a patron asked him why he was carrying the rifle, to which he replied, “To guard against all the crazies out there.”
Ray told officers that he had just finished fishing, and carrying a firearm was “protected under his constitutional rights,” the arrest report stated.
Florida law states that anyone can openly carry a firearm if they are “engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition.”
Police said Ray, however, had not been fishing.
Ray was issued a notice to appear in court and was released from police custody.
The gun was seized as evidence.
No one was hurt.