I know generalizations are bad, and there is probably a cop or two out there who may be knowledgeable about Gun Laws, specially their state, butI have seen and read about too many cases where they simply think gun laws are what they think or wish they want them to be (And Gun people are not exempt from this blindness).
In this video from November 18, 2020, we see the arrest of a female who had a gun on her carry on at Orlando International Airport. When asked, she claimed she had a New Hampshire license to carry (Florida has reciprocity) but apparently she did not have one or was expired. However, it is what the officer said staring at 10:21 that is the illuminating point:
“I don’t know of any state that would allow you to carry a weapon concealed without a permit.”
I am not sure, but I believe by November last year, there were 17 states in the Union with active Constitutional Carry as law of the land.
Now, this is not cop bashing but pointing out a reality: Cops are pretty much uneducated in the way of legal firearms as they are trained and expect to deal with criminals packing guns illegally. When it comes to a Law Abiding citizen making a mistake or doing something dumb but without Mens Rea, they tend to default to the only thing they now which is treat them like regular criminals.
The young lady was arrested and charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon (third degree felony) but the DA dropped the felony charge and instead got her a misdemeanor for “carrying a firearm in a place prohibited by law” (Sterile area of the airport would be my guess) and her case was held in abeyance (Yes, I had to look it up, it means temporarily suspended) and referred to Pre-Trial Diversion. She got off cheap.
And now, allow me to take the opportunity to address fellow gunners and reminder to please check and double check the sources of your information and make sure you are getting them from the actual law or somebody who actually does gun cases rather than what you heard or read in the Nets in some forum or other source. How many times we have talked about the Media deliberately misleading people on what a pro-gun and/or pro-self defense law means and how it works? Florida’s Stand Your Ground rings a bell?
And never assume a law means only the way you think it should mean (in your favor) but rather what actually means.