Miami Beach Open Carry Event: No Police to be Seen

As we reported back in June, Florida Carry was hosting an Open Carry Fishing Event in Miami Beach when the police decided to violate state law. They held the participants at gunpoint for legally following Florida Statute 790.25 (3). That statute allows open carry while fishing, hunting, camping, attending a gun show or shooting. For that coverage, click here, here, here, and here.

As a quick synopsis, Florida Carry organized open carry events statewide in accordance with the law. They always contact and inform the local law enforcement agencies and municipal governments of both the law and the planned date, time and location of the event. Prior to the aforementioned fishing event, the Miami Beach Police Department had been advised accordingly. However, when the event was held, the police burst onto the scene with guns drawn.

This time, however, it appears that city officials had learned their lesson. They didn’t interfere with Saturday’s event. The lawsuit that Eric Friday, Florida Carry’s attorney, filed against the city after the June incicdent probably has something to do with that. So did the negative press revealing the fact that their police department plainly violated state law.

In a statement to WPTV News, Florida Carry member Steven Merrette said:

“This is our statement to come out here and try and educate not only the law enforcement officers but the general public as well. We are not the problem. We’re out here peacefully fishing, we’ve got our wives, our kids with us, we’re out here having a good time, nobody’s causing any problems.”

Florida Carry streamed the entire event from start to finish. That can be seen here:

I’d say this is a win for Florida Carry. A peaceful event with no interference from law enforcement shows that they carry some weight and can throw it around to keep the gun grabbers from acting up. Hopefully, they’re able to start using that influence against the hoplophobes in the state legislature.


  1. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Florida open carry should do one of these events up here in West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale
    We have plenty of fishing piers up here!

    1. avatar Bearpaw says:

      Tactical beret man shoulda worn his FDE 5.11s. Man that drop leg is an eyesore on his skinny jeans.

      1. avatar B.D. says:

        I am all for what these people are doing. Who the fuck cares what they look like… they are out there proving a point. Yes, some of them do not look the part or are clearly not capable of passing a PT test… but they are showing up and defending our 2A rights. I definitely support them. I think it would even be a great idea to do it on Halloween, in a funny clown costume. Doesn’t matter to me, just carry. Prove the masses wrong. It won’t jump out of the holster and shoot itself.

      2. avatar Stephen M says:

        Straight leg, not skinnies. Also, Naked and Famous raw denim that you can’t afford. And that’s a flat cap. If I wanted to look like a poser I’d come to you for fashion advice. Bitch

  2. avatar Spectre_USA says:

    Open carry is allowed here in Washington State, but no one seems to push it.

    A local club I belong to has an open carry day in the Spring just to bring awareness, and try to impart good
    will from us gun owners.

    Good on the Floridians for making others aware of the law, and the freedoms it allows.

    1. avatar WaveMotionGun19 says:

      Not many people I know open carry in Western Wa maybe more on the eastern side.

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  3. avatar Justin Ooms says:

    I am sure legislators are working on ways to repeal or negate open carry now. I don’t believe this was the correct way to do this. And carrying like your militia? It looks too intimidating strapped like its the matrix.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      If you cannot OC without being attacked violently by your local police, go ahead and repeal OC, WTF is it good for? This is EXACTLY how to go about this, and they should continue to do it periodically until absolutely NOBODY cares or pays a bit of attention.

    2. avatar Larry says:

      we had open carry in CA and the people open carrying got it banned – they would go to starbucks and it made people uncomfortable

      1. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

        Correction – the anti-American liberal left-wing legislators got OC banned, not the people exercising their rights as citizens of the United States.

        If you have a right to do something, but you don’t dare perform that act because someone won’t like it and will want to ban it, then what good is that right? It’s not doing you – or anyone else – a damn bit of good as long as you’re too timid to exercise that right.

        You might as well simply give it up… unless you’re actually willing to fight for your rights.

      2. avatar Chris T from KY says:

        Don’t worry. You can still walk around naked with a strap on dildo, well fitted for public attire, in the state of California.

        You can perform sex acts in public on days the government gives you permission. You can even do this in front of other people’s children. You won’t be arrested.

        You can do all that in California. You can even defecate in public. But you can’t carry a gun in public.


      3. avatar Chris T from KY says:

        To be specific you need to be willing to take on the homosexual elected political leadership in the state of California. They are the ones writing laws taking away guns Civil Rights. Are you ready to be called a homophobe now?

        It was Tom ammiano a proud gay white man who wrote the law making stalking victims and rape victims and everyone else wait an additional 10 days to get a gun in California.

        What makes a homosexual man smarter than a woman has been raped? Making her way longer to get a gun?

      4. avatar Scoutino says:

        “we had open carry in CA and the people open carrying got it banned – they would go to starbucks and it made people uncomfortable”

        We had women’s right to vote and voting women got it banned – they would go to polling places and fill ballots and it made people uncomfortable.

    3. avatar New Continental Army says:

      Everyone said that about open carry Texas too. And they won, and won big. Open carry works. It uses the same tactics the gay community used to make gay marriage normal. Fudds just don’t like it because they prefer to hide their guns and are shameful of being gun owners. Open carry isn’t about looking tacticool or militia like. It’s about normalizing guns to a society that’s been brainwashed to fear them.

    4. avatar SwampDaddy says:

      Cry quietly

    5. avatar Scoutino says:

      What do you mean – ‘carrying like you’RE militia’?
      We all ARE militia, except for some old guys, NG members and few government officials.

  4. avatar Dumpster says:

    If you have to notify law enforcement of lawful action that you’re planning on taking/doing, that doesn’t give a truly freedom feeling. we’re still slaves to the government

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      All well and good, but in this case it isn’t “we have to notify them before doing this…” it’s “we’re not doing this every day, so let’s notify them so we find out if they’re still going to fuck it up”

      They’re suing based on the previous actions of the ‘notified’ government.

    2. avatar FedUp says:

      They notified LE before the event this spring, and got assaulted with deadly weapons anyway.

      And I seem to recall exactly the same thing happening to CJ Grisham and others in Texas this spring too.

  5. avatar Stephen M says:

    That’s my retarded ass with the C308 et al. I was carrying six guns….

    The cops were at the parking lot checking IDs and fishing permits and they were at the pier when we arrived…giving out candy?

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      You sure you got enough?

  6. avatar rt66paul says:

    How long before the police decide to stop and check registration numbers on all guns to make sure they are not stolen?

    Give a politician a reason to harass you and he will do so(the politician being the sheriff).

    1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      That is why the open carry law should have the provision that law enforcement cannot bother anyone that is carrying unless they are breaking the law.

  7. avatar John says:

    Second amendment audits?

  8. avatar Jay in Floriduh says:

    Our state legislature is a lost cause. Too many lying useless RHINOs and BS demicrittters.

  9. avatar Turd Fergusen says:

    Almost as bad as the time Tampa police assaulted an open carry person when they were fishing. That ended up costing the city a significant amount of money after they had to defend themselves in court for the officer’s behavior.

    See Freeman & Florida Carry v. City of Tampa, et al:


  10. avatar Michael says:

    “Take back the streets, one pier at a time”. You gotta love it. Personal security = personal freedom!

  11. avatar SoBe says:

    I wish I had known about this. I live down the street and would have shown up.

  12. avatar Mark N. says:

    I twas events such as these in California that led to numerous “MWG!!!” calls to the local police, followed by calls to the local legislator, and that was inevitably followed by a ban on open carry for handguns in 2013 and rifles the next year. And this was notwithstanding the fact that Governor Reagan signed a bill in 1968 banning open carry of loaded firearms. (Similarly to Florida, there is an exception for hunting, fishing and camping, but afaik, that exception doesn’t apply to urban areas.)

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Mark N.,

      If someone cannot carry openly because it will lead to a ban on open carry, that is effectively the same as open carry being banned anyway.

    2. avatar Scoutino says:

      Isn’t it great to have your civil rights( long as you don’t exercise them of course, let’s not get carried away)?!

  13. avatar Matt says:

    I am a cop on the other coast and I know the laws. I have had many interactions with good gun owners, most of them practicing concealed carry, some informing me on a traffic stop they had a firearm somewhere in the car. I did not freak out. My relatives and friends can carry for SD because of the very same 2A, why should I treat strangers differently? Miami is a cesspool and I am not surprised by this article. Actually all the main cities in FL are a cesspool, the author of the article attached as a link “here” (the second one I think) sums it up pretty well. If you go to the less populated, less “libtarted” parts of FL, most cops are relax with good folks owning and carrying a gun. Bigger cities people are used to do before they think, be it when they drive when they are talking, etc. They need to relax and use common sense. This FL Statute is very simple and as cops I is our DUTY to know it. Keep calm and carry on, peace.

    1. avatar Turd Fergusen says:

      And that’s the problem.

      In the case of the Tampa incident, the relatively new officer had never been trained or made aware of the open carry laws of the state. As a result of the litigation, Tampa Police Department had to add a review of the statues as a part of their new recruit training.

      If you read the details of the incident it’s pretty scary, as the officer approached the person who was carrying and attempted to disarm them by coming up from behind them and removing their firearm from behind. They’re lucky they didn’t get a hole blown in them.


  14. avatar Eric Mayberry says:

    Have to disagree with this tactic. This seems no different than the broads at anti Trump rallies wearing twat hats and trying to provoke a reaction. It’s all dumb. No one where I live cares about people open carrying…. Because we don’t make it an issue and we don’t shove it up people’s asses. I open carry. I am polite in public. Never a problem.

    1. avatar Josh says:

      The difference is that in your state, you can choose to open carry if it is appropriate in any particular situation. Here in Florida, we are literally banned from open carrying unless we are hunting, fishing, or camping. The point of this event is that we CAN’T exercise this right in any normal situation.

      1. avatar Eric Mayberry says:

        So vote out the turds that make dumb laws. By having events like this you are just making anti gun people more likely to vote and turn people in the middle of the road away from your cause.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    Open carry advocates have done more to advance 2A than all the sunshine patriots and summer soldiers ever have or will.

  16. avatar Frank says:

    Some of you here advising that OC is stupid don’t get it. The crux of the issue is being armed, period. The means/method of carry is a non-sequitor. Do you advocate that those that “free speech” in a manner that you find distasteful have their free speech rights negated? My right to carry does NOT end at my house. HOW I carry should not be a factor, or be any concern of anyone.

    1. avatar pod says:

      Exactly. I’m not one for open carry. I didn’t open carry at this event, despite the fact that I do have a fishing license and fishing gear. I was juggling a camera and crap, and fishing would have made my task difficult.

      However, I would like to have my right to open carry fully recognized by the State of Florida. Why?

      Because one day I may decide to open carry.

      Or on a practical level, I don’t want to have to sweat worrying about accidental reveals. Down here in Florida what constitutes an “accidental” reveal is up to the responding officer. You could hike up your shirt for 5 seconds on accident, and end up in legal trouble. Or not.

      Open carry realistically makes everyone’s life easier. Gun owners, the police, everyone.

      1. avatar L says:

        The law was revised recently (within the past several months) protecting CC’ers from prosecution for accidentally flashing their CC. I forget where in the statutes it was put in and I can’t find it right now.

        Still, OC should be completely legal. I personally would not OC but there are some advantages to it that make some people want to, and they mean no harm. The only thing stopping them is this disgustingly unlawful law that discriminates against a certain demographic of gun owners.

        1. avatar L says:

          I found it:

          790.053 Open Carrying of Weapons.—
          (1) Except as otherwise provided by law and in subsection (2), it is unlawful for any person to openly carry on or about his or her person any firearm or electric weapon or device. It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.

        2. avatar pod says:

          That’s super-nice they typed out some words on paper. When the rubber meets the road though, I wouldn’t want to be the one testing this out

  17. avatar pod says:

    I was there.

    One lady lost her shit and stormed off back to her condo and 50 cats.

    Most people didn’t care or were interested in a positive fashion.

    1. avatar L says:

      The first time I read that as “lost her shirt.” Was thinking wow she’s really passionate about 2a lol.

  18. avatar Chris Wagoner says:

    What about the police that were stopping people asking for IDs and fishing licenses? Without cause. Still bring interfered with and unlawfully treated.

    1. avatar EnDangerEd says:

      As long as they are verifying valid FISHING licenses there is nothing you can do but comply with their request. THEY have the right to verify, but did they EVER have a right to LICENSE your ability to fish? That’s a whole nuther question. Seriously.

  19. avatar Alan says:

    Amazing isn’t it, the dire events that DO NOT take place, when people, police included, use their heads for something other than hatracks.

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