Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Bar Carry

"This is hinging on a bet for Florida. Can you drink alcohol in a restaurant while carrying a handgun...?"

Florida law stipulates the following with regards to off-limits-while-carrying:

..."any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;"

So carry in whatever restaurant you wish, just don't sit in the bar area. With regards to consumption while heeled, there is not a legal limit such as with DUI, but it isn't the best of ideas to get plastered while packing. You can drink while carrying, but should you discharge your weapon, or even brandish it in some cases, you've committed a 2nd degree misdemeanor. I know you didn't ask for my opinion, and offering it thusly is highly presumptuous, and most likely insulting. The deal is...if you gotta ask, you're probably inexperienced, and it behooves me to butt-in.

I fully understand that the law can be confusing and contradictory, which is why it's a good idea to have an attorney available to explain the finer points. Acquire and read what Florida has to say on the matter of concealed carry and at least keep a bookmark in the yellow pages under pondscum...strike that...lawyers.

Now drop and give me 20 for being so frickin clueless.

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