TALLAHASEE – (CBS4) – Accidentally showing a concealed weapon will no longer be a crime.

As soon as Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill into law, the wind blowing a man’s sport coat and inadvertently revealing a concealed weapon won’t be a third-degree felony as it had been in the past.

The bill was passed by a vote of 99-17 Wednesday.

Gun-rights activists said there had been increasing concerns about people getting charged for accidentally showing their legal concealed weapon.

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Comments (8)
  1. Richard McDorman says:

    Please get your facts straight. Florida does NOT have third degree misdemeanors. The Florida Statutes set forth the following crimes (in descending order of severity): capital felonies, life felonies, first degree felonies, second degree felonies, third degree felonies, first degree misdemeanors and second degree misdemeanors.

    I believe that the (former) crime was a second degree misdemeanor but I’m not certain. Perhaps the author of this story could actually do some fact checking and verify that.

    1. Brandon says:

      Jesus, lighten up. Its now not a misdemeanor, who cares what level it is. Don’t bother responding but acting like a pompous, arrogant jerk over a typo is a bit absurd.

  2. alfonso says:

    I think we are finally doing the right thing for a change. Law obiding citizens who choose to carry firearms should not be looked at as criminals just because there weapons are accidentally exposed.The state of Florida should allow Open Carry,thats the next best move,for law makers to make.

  3. joe momma says:

    As Law Enforcement its better to see the gun then not now its there

    1. Henry says:

      In general most people are scared of firearms. We have license to carry a concealed weapon, but we would like to know if after this new law comes into effect, do we have the option to show it, or we can still have it hidden? I mean would it be legal not to have it exposed?

  4. DMJ says:

    I think the story should be, why are legally armed citizens being charged for (accidentlly) showing their firearm? The florida court system seems to lack the common sense needed to deal these issue in the coeeect manner.

  5. Silverhair says:

    That picture is of OPEN carry. It is NOT a picture of an accidental flashing of a concealed carry handgun. Bias in media strikes again,

  6. Sean says:

    That’s awesome to see from cbs. I wish some other local news outlets would do the same.

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