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.