“I do encourage anyone who wants to own, possess or carry a concealed firearm to please become familiar with that weapon. Learn how to safely handle and fire it.” “Good firearms training is a must.” – Sheriff Grady Judd.
Florida’s new ‘PERMITLESS CARRY’ law is not as simple as many people believe. Not knowing the new law can result in a felony arrest and a criminal record.
You can either learn what’s in Florida’s new concealed carry law and carry your gun legally or you can get arrested, charged with a felony and find out the hard way from a judge.
There are benefits to having a Florida concealed carry weapon and firearm license. Learn and know what they are.
Not knowing them can result in arrest, criminal charges, an appearance before a judge, extensive legal fees, a criminal record and the loss of your 2nd Amendment rights.
We conduct Florida concealed carry license and handgun training classes. Contact us to enroll in a class at: 863-206-1996
This is a free presentation put on by In-Gauge of Polk County, an NRA chartered, non-profit organization, for the purpose of introducing the various methods of carrying a concealed firearm, available to women. This is an information and learning seminar, not a sales seminar. Although various products will be displayed and demonstrated, there will be no products offered for sale.
Cost: FREE (A FULLY REFUNDABLE $20 registration fee required to reserve a seat. Registration fee refunded upon clinic attendance. Attendance is required to receive the refund.)
Seating is limited – Pre-registration is required – No walk-ins will be allowed
This is a FREE, women only, METHODS of CARRYING CONCEALED presentation, conducted by In-Gauge of Polk County. This presentation will introduce the participant to the various methods of carrying a concealed firearm, while comparing and contrasting the advantages and disadvantage of the different methods available to women.
You can shop Amazon. You can shop eBay. You can watch YouTube videos. But you will not learn the advantages and disadvantages of the various carry methods and which method will work for you. Join us for this informative seminar. Why, you may ask. Because no one else is doing it and no one else will tell you the truth. This is an information seminar, not a sales seminar. No one is going to attempt to sell you anything.
This is not a sales seminar. Although various products will be demonstrated, this is not a sales seminar. Unlike classes and seminars conducted at hotels, there will be no insurance sales.
No license (permit) is required for participation in this presentation. This seminar is free and open to the public. However, preregistration is required, as seating is limited.
Please leave all firearms in your vehicle. No loaded firearms or live ammunition will be allowed in the training area.
Basically, the change in Florida’s concealed carry law will not affect your status of possessing a Florida medical marijuana card and possessing a firearm.
First, it is licenseless carry, not permitless or Constitutional carry.
In other states, it may be a permit. But in Florida, it is a license.
How will Florida’s new licenseless carry law affect you if you possess a medical marijuana card?
Basically, the change in Florida’s concealed carry law will not affect your status of possessing a Florida medical marijuana card and possessing a firearm. You will still be prohibited from doing so. See the news article below.
FLORIDA’S NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY LAW AND POT-NO GUN FOR YOU By Howard Levy – June 25, 2023 – Deerfield News
Part one- Deerfield-News. com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-What is the law regarding pot smokers with or without a medical card buying, carrying, and or possessing a gun? On Monday, April 3, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 543 into law. This bill, strengthening the second amendment, eliminates the requirement that an individual obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Florida. This law goes into effect July 1,2023.
Before we get into the medical marijuana laws that conflict with gun laws in Florida, we first have to clear the air or some misunderstandings that have come up around this issue. First, we have to address the fact that Florida has not passed any laws barring medical marijuana patients from owning guns.
The conflict between medical marijuana laws and gun laws is that cannabis remains to be federally banned. Anyone with any addiction to any illegally obtained drug including marijuana, is exempt from gun ownership and possession.
Under Federal Law, no one who uses cannabis should own or possess a weapon. This law certainly pertains to marijuana users who do not have a medical card or those that smoke it and buy it on the black market. The unchanging federal prohibition on controlled substances, including marijuana, prohibits the possession or purchase of firearms by anyone who uses those controlled substances, including marijuana.
Plainly stated, this means that if you are going to be a medical marijuana patient and get a legal medical marijuana card, you will not be able to purchase or possess firearms. Technically the same applies to nonmedical marijuana card holders that use marijuana.
Conflict Between Federal And State Law
There are three federal laws that are in conflict with local state laws that allow for the legal possession and purchase of medical marijuana, they are:
The controlled substances act: cannabis and THC are classified as Schedule 1 drugs which means prohibits anyone from producing, possessing, or selling them.
Title 18, Section 922 of the United States Code: this law states that it is illegal for anyone who uses a controlled substance to buy or possess a firearm.
The same law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a gun to anyone who uses a controlled substance.
Form 4473: The ATF has implemented this form as part of the legal process of purchasing a gun from a gun store.
There are specific questions on the 4473 Form that, if answered honestly, would prohibit a medical marijuana patient from purchasing a gun. The form even has this warning: “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
So if the gun seller knows that you are a medical marijuana patient, they would be in their right to deny selling you a gun.
Reports are that some police departments in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Hawaii have taken it upon themselves to enforce federal law over state law by informing medical marijuana patients they must either turn in or dispose of their guns.
The Situation In Florida
Although other states have taken the hard stance of denying medical marijuana patients the right to own a gun, Florida seems to be one of the states where that is not the case for these reasons:
The gun-show loophole: Although buying from a private dealer does not make it legal under federal law for a marijuana user to own a gun, the transaction can be made without filling out the federal 4473 form.
The FORMER Florida Agricultural Commissioner, Nikki Fried, has a medical marijuana card and also has a concealed carry permit. Her office has made it clear that they will not deny gun rights to medical marijuana patients. Here is her official statement:
“ON CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSES AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARDS, THE ISSUE IS PRETTY CLEAR — FLORIDA STATUTE 790.06 PROVIDES A LIMITED LIST OF FACTORS (SUCH AS FELONY ARRESTS, WHETHER THE INSTRUCTOR DEEMS THE APPLICANT CAPABLE, ETC.) UPON WHICH OUR DEPARTMENT MUST APPROVE OR DENY A CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE. THEREFORE, THE DEPARTMENT IS PROHIBITED FROM ASKING QUESTIONS OUTSIDE THAT SCOPE, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD POSSESSION.”
Office of Nikki Fried Florida Agricultural Commisioner. Tweet
While Florida has changed its stance on Marijuana, the federal government has not. So it is technically illegal to possess and purchase a gun while having a medical marijuana card, the state of Florida is not actively denying you that right as of now. This question will be settled in Federal Court or by an Act of Congress. There are currently 3 cases pending on this issue on point. The Supreme Court will have the final say if Congress does not change the law.
In observance of National STOP THE BLEED Month, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE, open to the public, Stop The Bleed tourniquet raining clinics during the month of May, beginning May 9th.
Help us save lives through our STOP THE BLEED community fundraising campaign.
A person can bleed to death in less than 3 minutes.
There is no greater feeling of helplessness than to watch someone’s life pass before your eyes, as you standby helpless without a simple $30 piece of equipment that could save their life and knowing how to use it.
Even in communities well served by EMS services, a person can bleed to death in less than 3 minutes. It is our goal and that of STOPTHEBLEED.org to prevent needless deaths.
In-Gauge of Polk County, a non-profit organization in Winter Haven, Florida is raising funds to purchase STOP THE BLEED training kits and emergency bleeding control tourniquet kits to be distributed in public venues throughout Polk County, Florida.
The training kits will be used for training the general public in free STOP THE BLEEDtraining classes.
The tourniquet kits will be distributed at public venues, selected schools and other non-profit organizations.
In-Gauge of Polk County, a licensed affiliate of STOPTHEBLEED.org is raising money to purchase emergency use, blood loss control, tourniquet kits. The kits will be distributed at selected public locations throughout Polk County, for use by the public, in the event of a blood loss emergency. Further information on the project and how to donate can be found at . . . https://gofund.me/b68d5e6b
5th Annual National Train-A-Teacher Day, Saturday, June 18th
Saturday, June 17th, 2023
Participating in the National Train-A-Teacher Day, In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida, will be conducting FREE, 2-hour, STOP THE BLEED, emergency blood loss control, training clinics Saturday, June 17th.
One wall-mount, Stop The Bleed, emergency blood loss control / tourniquet kit ($200 value) will be given away in each class.
There will be two clinics conducted Saturday, June 17th . . .
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pre-registration is required, as participation is limited.
To register for either of the two clinics, click on the button below . . .