Ask Your Sheriff to Support Open Carry

Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Rep. Matt Gaetz Brief the Press on Open Carry Bill
Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Rep. Matt Gaetz Brief the Press on Open Carry Bill
Florida Carry
Florida Carry, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL -( The Florida Sheriffs Association voted in secret and announced that there are 47 unidentified Sheriffs opposing Open Carry.

You deserve to know where your Sheriff stands. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen yesterday came out in favor of open carry. He also explained that any issues with the current bill’s language could be dealt with over time. He said as an officer sworn to uphold the Constitution, open carry came down to supporting the Second Amendment.

So far, we are aware of six Sheriffs who have chosen to defend Second Amendment rights by supporting Open Carry.

  • Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen
  • Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith
  • Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
  • Nassau County Sheriff William Leeper
  • Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco
  • Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel

On the other hand, the Florida Sheriffs Association is fighting against Open Carry, often using questionable and outright false “facts”.They are also keeping you in the dark about which Elected Officials voted against your right to bear arms.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who also acts as the Florida Sheriff’s Association legislative committee chairman, has been very vocal in the press against open carry. He also makes a great point…

“Every sheriff is welcome to speak to whoever they want to on what their feelings are or how they voted,” Gualtieri said. “They could be asked individually…”

Good Idea Sheriff!

Please contact your Sheriff using the email addresses below and ask if they support or oppose Florida becoming the 46th Open Carry State.

Don’t forget to thank Sheriffs Ivey, Smith, Creel, Nocco, Leeper, and McKeithen for standing up for our Second Amendment rights.

About Florida Carry, Inc.:

Florida Carry, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental rights of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Sections 2 and 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry stands to represent our supporters, members, and millions of defensive arms owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission. Florida Carry works tirelessly toward striking down ill-conceived gun and weapons control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law-abiding citizens.

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I grew up in Oklahoma where open carry has always been legal.I promise you you will be hard presses to find a person that open carries out side of some out in rural areas.The only thing this law will change is if you accidentally let your firearm be exsposed it will keep you from being charged with a crime.That keeps unethical law enforcement from creating a questionable charge that bankrupts honest lawabiding trying to defend


I am for open carry thank you and I agree you must let the officer know upfront you are carried and you have a concealed permit. And then wait for his instructions in command.


Alaska is open carry we get tourists we dont have an image problem. Your just a ignorant.

I am against open carry laws-we are a state that depends on tourism and this law will truly hurt that type of tourism especially people with children. There is no evidence that open carry laws lower crime and in fact some states that have open carry laws or very liberal weapon laws have higher crime rates. We need to get gun control under control in this country and laws like this are not helpful. Let’s face it do we really want to be like Texas with groups taking arms against their own countrymen based on some sort of unrealistic fear.… Read more »


Florida is way past due for open carry. Texas was way past due too,but it finally became law and takes effect 1-1-16 ! The citizens of Florida can’t let some holier that thou sheriffs and liberal,douche bag politicians prevent it !