Pursuant to Florida Statute 790.01(1) a person who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
To prove the crime of carrying a concealed weapon, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The accused knowingly carried on or about his or her person a weapon.
- The weapon was concealed from the ordinary sight of another person.
A “concealed weapon” is defined as “any dirk, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapon  carried on or about a person in such a manner as to conceal the weapon from the ordinary sight of another person.” Fla. Stat. 790.001(3)(a)
“The critical question turns on whether an individual, standing near a person with a firearm or beside a vehicle in which a person with a firearm is seated, may by ordinary observation know the questioned object to be a firearm. The ultimate decision must rest upon the trier of fact under the circumstances of each case.”1
Carrying a concealed weapon is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail.
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1 Ensor v. State, 403 So. 2d 349 (Fla. 1981)