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stevensc
February 18, 2006, 06:42 PM
I hold a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit. I will be driving to and in Florida ( reciprocates with Louisiana) in the next week or so. I plan to bring a handgun, loaded, with me in the console of my car. I probably will not be carrying it on my person except to bring it into the hotels at night. I'll be on a 4 day cruise and plan to self park the car leaving it locked with the gun inside. The parking lot is "patrolled".
Does anyone have any words of advice or caution?
Thanks in advance
Steve

tiburondriver47
February 18, 2006, 09:37 PM
I would say if you have a gun of less value (monetary or momental) take that. If not, do you have an alarm or other anti theft device that may dter someone from wanting to steal your car (and accidentally coming across your pistol). Also do leave anything of any value to someone in plain view (i.e. coins). Maybe keep the gun somewhat hidden like maybe in the spare tire well or where a repair kit may be hidden, basically anywhere you think someone breaking into your car wouldnt naturally look at. Because the lot is "patroled" it would be more likely that the car is broken into than stolen, so your basically just trrying to keep a potential theaf (sp?) from finding it.

I'm not sure how good of an idea this is, but maybe one of those things you put in your front winshield to block the sunlight to make it harder to see in the car.

DonR101395
February 18, 2006, 09:52 PM
Remember to be nice to us locals since we can now shoot you for looking angry towards us.:D Lock it in the trunk in a lock box.

riverrat66
February 18, 2006, 10:24 PM
:confused: be nice to us locals since we can now shoot you for looking angry towards us. :D
There seems to an awful lot of that going around down there.;) I'm flying down to Sarasota in a couple of weeks and not bringing "anything" with me. Is it safe?

Limeyfellow
February 18, 2006, 10:49 PM
And if you see an old person driving a car dive for cover. They take out people alot down there.

Joe W
February 18, 2006, 10:50 PM
I live close to Sarasota, my daughter and grandkids live in Sarasota. You should have no problems in Sarasota, it's a great place to visit, the beach's are great. Like any place else, if you look for trouble you can surely find it.
Unfortunatly you would have a problem bringing a handgun into Florida as Florida and N.Y do not have a reciprical agreement as far as CCW's are concerned. But, as I said, it's doubtful that you would need it anyway. Enjoy your stay, hope the weather cooperates.

riverrat66
February 18, 2006, 10:59 PM
Joe W
I was only joking about Sarasota being safe. I know it is a lovely city and I love the beaches. I do have a Florida non-resident pistol permit but I am not bringing a firearm regardless. It's too much hassle at the airport. This lousy state of NY does not reciprocate with anyone! I'm just anxious to get away from winter and into the warm sunshine. :D Anything above 65 degrees will suit me just fine. Thanks for your reply.

Garand Illusion
February 18, 2006, 11:13 PM
http://www.shootfirstlaw.org/images/bcam_ad.jpg :eek:

cuate
February 18, 2006, 11:20 PM
Recently visited Pensacola several days. Hold Texas CHL so no problem with LA, MS, and Florida carrying concealed. Alabama and Texas don't jive concealed carry wise but Al. recognizes New Hampshire Non-Resident License which costs $20 and a picture of your current State's CHL, both sides, some simple questions. I definitely knew better and did not carry it upon the Naval Base there, a no no for sure!

riverrat66
February 18, 2006, 11:28 PM
Garand Illusion
That is a whole different subject and another thread, one of which I've been involved in and choose not to re-visit. That's a no-win discussion there. It's like beating a dead horse. :(

Mannlicher
February 19, 2006, 09:52 AM
If you are licensed to carry, then bring it with you. Going through the airports is pretty easy, I do it often. Call your airline, they will walk you through the procedure.
While Sarasota and its environs are 'safe', there is no guarantee anywhere in the world. If you have a reason to pack where you live, then you are just as rightous to pack in Florida.
If you are going to leave your handgun in the car when you are on the cruise, then just put it in a lockbox, as has been mentioned.

topspin43
February 19, 2006, 09:09 PM
It is very, very humid here... make sure your handgun is well oiled and/or wrap in an oily rag.

tegemu
February 20, 2006, 08:09 AM
I suggest going to www.packing.org and familiarizing yourself with Florida's laws. Other than that, WELCOME to Florida and have a great time.

robmkivseries70
February 20, 2006, 01:45 PM
Hi All,
It is possible to take apart the piece and hide the parts, in different places in the car, out of sight. A couple of zip lock bags and some oil might be in order along with a roll of paper towels. LOL HTH
Best,
Rob

Garand Illusion
February 20, 2006, 04:03 PM
Garand Illusion
That is a whole different subject and another thread, one of which I've been involved in and choose not to re-visit. That's a no-win discussion there. It's like beating a dead horse.

I posted the flyer as a joke. I don't think there's any controversy about the ridiculousness of the flyer and/or the campaign against Florida's castle doctrine law.

The campaign is stupid; the new law ROCKS! Wish Colorado would adopt it (though we already have pretty decent protection).

riverrat66
February 20, 2006, 04:15 PM
I posted the flyer as a joke.
I assumed you did and didn't want to comment on it because it shows just how low the Brady camp will stoop to try and scare the public. :barf:

DerDer
February 20, 2006, 04:24 PM
I would not store the pistol in the car at all. A crackhead will be able to read your facial expression unnoticed when you step out of your car and will instantly be able to tell whether there is anything of value in the car. Trust me, this is Florida and not some other wussy state. Keep your piece on you at ALL times. Here in Florida something crazy happens EVERYDAY whether it makes the news or not. Usually it is violent. Something that makes the news in your hometown is simply a daily occurrence for me.

Welcome to Florda.

stephen426
February 20, 2006, 05:06 PM
You have a few options. The first is to fly instead of drive and not carry anything at all. Many hotels near the airport have shuttles that pick you up from the terminal. You can then catch a taxi from the hotel to the port and not have to worry about paying for parking and getting your gun stolen out of your car. Patrolled security is a false sense of security. I can understand bringing the gun for the road trip. Who knows what kind of wacko might stop to "assist" you if you break down on the side of the road.

If you really plan on driving, you can try storing the gun disassembled as mentioned already. You could also try to find a good hiding place, although a determined crook will probably look there first. Just make sure you get to the port early and get a good parking spot where a lot of people walk past. Also make sure you have an alarm to get people's attention if someone does break in. That way they will have less time to find the stuff before drawing attention. Good luck and welcome to the Sunshine State!

LICCW
February 20, 2006, 10:13 PM
DerDer: I used to live in Tampa. I lived behind the Save-N-Pack on dale Mabry Highway next to 2001 A Sex Odyssey and across from Mons Venus. It was a long time ago so those palces might not be there any more. There was no such thing as the Tampa Bay lightning back then even. Its been a awhile. tampa was pretty violent then. I guess it still is now. I used to keep a Sundance Arms .25 handy then (it was all I could afford). I didn't have anything worth stealing, but the police were in the apartment complex every night because things were always happening. Haven't been back in 15 years.

DerDer
February 21, 2006, 02:29 PM
Tampa is ranked behind Baltimore and D.C. as the third most violent city in the United States, behind Los Angeles and New York. If you don't believe me look it up. Baltimore is #1. LICCW - Did you leave because it was too violent? For everybody else, check this out -

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060221/ap_on_fe_st/brf_toilet_paper_death;_ylt=Ag7zG1JFv_1dvXu.V58W8ZQDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

Man beats roomate over toilet paper in Florida.

GLK
February 22, 2006, 09:02 PM
I would not store the pistol in the car at all. A crackhead will be able to read your facial expression unnoticed when you step out of your car and will instantly be able to tell whether there is anything of value in the car. Trust me, this is Florida and not some other wussy state. Keep your piece on you at ALL times. Here in Florida something crazy happens EVERYDAY whether it makes the news or not. Usually it is violent. Something that makes the news in your hometown is simply a daily occurrence for me.

Welcome to Florda.
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$gAnGsTA(_;_)wOrLd$


I hope your attemping to be humorous. If not this is the dumbest post I have ever read(ok it is at least in the top ten). I have lived here(Hillsborough county)for approx 25 years and have traveled most of the lower 48 states extensively. The Tampa bay area is no better or worse that any other large city or municipality in regards to crime. Additionally the local crackheads don't have amazing powers of perception Xray vision or facial expression car contents equating abilities. Then again I don't run with the $gAnGsTA(_;_)wOrLd$ crowd, their crackheads may be more advanced than the run of the mill crackheads. But I somehow doubt it. I won't even get into the legalities of your advice in this post or others you have made.

LICCW
February 22, 2006, 10:17 PM
I went to the University of Tampa and received a commendation fromt the Tampa City council for the SERVE (School Enrichment Resource Volunteers in Education). I was amazed at the level of violence. Hillsborough County ranked number 1 in incest in the country in 1990 and number 7 for homicide. In addition I was a bouncer at CC's The Next Generation bar near USF. Constant fights. Every night. So while I'm not into the gangsta thing, I do think Tampa was a little violent. I don't know about the abilities of its crackheads, I do not wish to offend Tampa residents, it had some very nice areas as well and still has the best steak house in the country: Bern's. So let's not paint the picture of Tampa as a hell hole, but it was not paradise either. Just a growing city dealing with the problems inherent in modern city life, and filled with a lot of good people adressing those problems.

DerDer
February 23, 2006, 02:14 AM
Tampa is really ranked third in violent crimes behind Baltimore and D.C. but I wouldn't leave it for nothin'.

FLA2760
February 23, 2006, 01:10 PM
It is the humidity!! lol :D

Ares45
February 23, 2006, 09:07 PM
Still with the female hind-end in your signature huh DerDer. I remember someone asking you politely to deal with that. Apparently it doesn't bother you at all. It bothers me. I for one wish you would do something about it, Playah.

DerDer
February 24, 2006, 02:35 PM
This a forum about friearm topics and this particular thread is about Florida, not my signature. I don't know what you interpret my signature as, but it means gangsta world.

delta58
February 24, 2006, 08:07 PM
Florida is pretty good for gun owners, http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes/index.cfm?App_Mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0790/Sec25.htm&StatuteYear=2005
I would lock my weapon in the trunk rather that the console, Florida crooks are just as lazy as everybody else's so they will steal what is easy.

tegemu
February 25, 2006, 08:13 AM
As I read through these replies, I can't help but wonder if the - you are an idiot - tone was necessary.

aerod1
February 25, 2006, 09:38 AM
I went to Florida in 2001 and took two 357 magnum revolvers (Taurus 605 and a Ruger SP101). I declared each and had them locked in a lockable hangun hard case. I kept my ammo separate in my lockable luggage with my clothes. I had no problems at all. I flew from DFW the Ft. Lauderdale. It is easy and safe. As said before, your airline will help.

Jim

carl418
February 27, 2006, 10:02 PM
I just returned from Ocala, Florida. I drove there, in my F-150, so no trunk. I kept my 45 revolver loaded in the box it came in, stuck in front of the seat. Not original, I know! But, after reading the Florida laws, I found out its legal, and I had no problems with break-ins, etc. Just lucky, I guess. I did see one woman at a gas station, with a pistol on her belt. I also noticed everyone was very pleasant to talk to! I kinda like their new laws..... it makes everyone be a little more eager to be friendly.

GSB
March 3, 2006, 09:37 PM
Remember to be nice to us locals since we can now shoot you for looking angry towards us

Yeee haw. Load up the pickem up truck boys. We's gots ourselves a city slicker to be a huntin'

Just kidding. Enjoy your stay. At least in the parts what ain't blue yet, we're all a bunch a good ol' boy gun nuts, even some of us Damned Yankees who moved down here.

threegun
March 4, 2006, 03:19 AM
Our ranking as #3 in crime comes from very small groups of areas. The low income/ public housing/ projects/ ghetto and surrounding scumbag areas account for a great majority of those stats.

Chris1911
March 7, 2006, 07:30 PM
Camden is worse, trust me on that...

At the opposite end of the Morgan Quitno crime scale, Camden, New Jersey ranks as the nation’s most dangerous city for the second consecutive year. Located across the Delaware river from Philadelphia, Camden had the highest violent crime, murder and robbery rates among cities of 75,000 or more population.

“I know that this is not good news for Camden,” said Morgan. “The city and state have taken some important steps to fix its crime problems. Although Camden’s violent crime rate has increased 15% over the past five years, the rate actually declined nearly 6% from 2003 to 2004.”

You can't even carry in NJ unless you're a retired cop...But that doesn't stop the bad guys from carrying

riverrat66
March 15, 2006, 06:37 PM
I just returned from 7 wonderful days in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. It was a very enjoyable time and the weather was outstanding. The temperatures were above normal for this time of the year, around 85 degrees everyday! :D My favorite spot was Siesta Key Beach which is known for it's soft white sand and the scenery wasn't bad either! Also in downtown Sarasota there is a huge statue of the famous photo taken of "the sailor kissing the nurse" in Times Square at the end of WW II. There is definately a lot of money in that area, especially on the Keys as I saw on Longboat Key and Siesta Key! But the traffic was absolutely terrible. :eek: Just as bad as the last time I went to bike week in Daytona. Of course it was the beginning of "spring break" and I understand it was going to get even worse then what I experienced.

All I can say is when I left Sarasota/Bradenton airport Tuesday it was 86 degrees and sunny and when I got home it was 30 degrees and snowing lightly! :eek: Bummer!

Also I might add my $150k house (here) would be worth $600k down there! :D