Stevenof1 wrote:I previously said, "I'm told that with a Florida CCW I'm subject to limitations such as not being able to have a gun in a school zone. Does that apply to traveling through a school zone in a car?" and this was affirmed. However when reading the statute it seemed vague and contradictory. Does anyone have the breakdown of this because what I read was confusing.
The issue is the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act, not a State statute. The relevant sections of the Act are as follows:
18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(A)
It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(B)
18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm—
(i) on private property not part of school grounds;
(ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license;
(iii) that is—
(I) not loaded; and
(II) in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle;
(iv) by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone;
(v) by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual;
(vi) by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity; or
(vii) that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities.
So the exemptions that apply to your question are i and ii - and you'll notice there is no exemption for carrying in a car *unless* the firearm is unloaded and locked up.
Hope this helps.