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Updated: 03/14/2013 08:03:12AM

Protect your rights with responsibility

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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Recently, you may have read an article in the paper about a person being caught carrying a concealed weapon and a concealed firearm on a school campus.

She was arrested even though she had a permit. This question comes up often and the answers are found in the classes that you take to get the permit and in the Florida State Statutes. Florida State Statute 790.01 and 790.06 outline these rules.

In the State of Florida, you can legally carry a concealed weapon and/or firearm as long as you receive training, and get a license from the state. This license is only good in Florida, so you should check other state laws if you are traveling across state lines. Those of you that already have licenses should be very aware of the “DO NOTS,” or you could find yourself in a bit of trouble with law enforcement.

Do not carry, even with a license, a concealed weapon or firearm in the following areas:

Place of nuisance

Police, Sheriff, or highway patrol office

Courthouse, detention facility, jail or prison

Polling place

Meeting place of county, public school board, city, or special district

Career centers

Any school property including universities

Passenger terminals of airports

And any other place where it is prohibited by federal law.

Your right to carry weapons and firearms is a precious right. Don’t take a chance and mess it up.

As my wife always says, “Make good choices,” and I would add, “Throw in some good ole-fashioned common sense.”

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