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King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 6,541 Admiral

I think bringing a rifle to a busy public fishing bridge is a tad going over the edge.... But its legal and getting their point across I guess.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/open-carry-demonstration-held-on-royal-park-bridge

[i]WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In Florida, it's illegal to openly carry a gun, unless under certain circumstances. A group of gun owners exercised that right on the Royal Park Bridge in West Palm Beach this past weekend and caused quite a scene. There's been so much feedback that the town of Palm Beach Police Department posted an explanation to community members.

The public announcement posted on the Town of Palm Beach Police Department's website read in part:

"The Palm Beach Police Department wants to advise our residents that we recently encountered a group of people on the Royal Park Bridge. There were approximately 8-10 individuals openly carrying firearms while appearing to fish from the side of the bridge.

Open carry is defined as the act or practice of carrying a firearm openly in public. Open carry when on foot in a public area is generally illegal, but is permitted in certain circumstances, as defined by Florida statute 790.25(3), open carry is permitted while hunting, fishing, camping, gun shows, or while target shooting at a gun range, and while going to and from such activities.

Palm Beach police officers understand the rights of legally-armed citizens and their Second Amendment rights. Most of these citizens are well-meaning people who simply want to exercise their rights under the law."

Michael Taylor was one of those citizens. There are two things he is equally passionate about; fishing and guns.

"I fish 4 to 5 days a week, so it's part of my life," said Taylor.

Taylor said a few years ago he was almost robbed while fishing under a bridge. Since then he brings his guns along.

"It's not for everybody. You kind of put yourself out there in the general view with a firearm," he said.

And that's what he and a group of gun owners did Saturday on the Royal Park Bridge, carrying American flags, flags supporting President Trump and the Second Amendment. A video of the group was posted on Facebook and people were quick to share their opinions. One person questioned if the gun owners exercising open carry were even fishing and another person said they didn't understand what the hazard is fishing off a bridge that a gun is needed.

When asked what he says when people say carrying a rifle and a gun is over the top or excessive, Taylor responded: "Right now we are in a state where there is a lot of gun legislation. A lot of gun laws that they are trying to pass where they are slowly trying to strip away rights from law-abiding citizens."

The town of Palm Beach Police Department's statement went on to say that officers know the law and encourage community members to have a good understanding of the law as these groups are "not going to go away."

Some said the sight of multiple guns out in the open on a bridge could be shocking at first, but they did not necessarily have a problem with it.

"I would be a little concerned at first, but if one thinks about it, it's a great ways to protect yourself in today's society," said Denisa Crisafulli who was cycling on the bridge with her young daughter.

Taylor said he understands how open carry can make someone uncomfortable, but reiterates it's his right.

"My rights are my rights and if you don't like my rights, it's the Constitution," he added.

You can open carry while fishing and hunting, but you still need a license to fish and hunt. [/i]

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  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 11,612 AG
    I always carry a weapon when I'm hunting.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,554 AG
    Yep.  These guys do more harm than good.  I should say some of them do more harm than good.  A holstered hand gun I don't see a problem with that, but a rifle?

    Captain Todd Approves

  • pottydocpottydoc Port Saint JoePosts: 4,060 Captain
    I agree with both of you. I’m as strong of a 2nd Amendment supporter asit gets, but there is no reason to pull something like they did. I think it lessens the support for our rights instead of increasing it. 
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 9,027 Moderator
    This is a problem with most movements. The radical members who want to flaunt their rights hurt those who simply want to enjoy them.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 5,021 Admiral
    You know your god given rights work when they cause discomfort. 
    We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, and that ends
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,750 AG
    You know your god given rights work when they cause discomfort. 
    There is no such thing as God-given rights.  Your rights are established by the society you live in. 
    Vote for the other candidate
  • fins4mefins4me Posts: 14,487 AG
    A society can regulate, curtail, eliminate and squash one's rights. It cannot give them.
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 12,554 AG
    This is a problem with most movements. The radical members who want to flaunt their rights hurt those who simply want to enjoy them.
    Very true.  You said it the way I wanted to say it.

    Captain Todd Approves

  • dave44dave44 Posts: 11,543 AG
    Mister-Jr said:
    You know your god given rights work when they cause discomfort. 
    There is no such thing as God-given rights.  Your rights are established by the society you live in. 
    Now that is a dangerous thought. No wonder it says “ Endowed by our creator “.
  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 6,413 Admiral
    Mister-Jr said:
    You know your god given rights work when they cause discomfort. 
    There is no such thing as God-given rights.  Your rights are established by the society you live in. 
    So is your God.
    Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon... No matter how good you are, the bird is going to crap on the board and strut around like it won anyway.
  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 5,021 Admiral
    dave44 said:
    Mister-Jr said:
    You know your god given rights work when they cause discomfort. 
    There is no such thing as God-given rights.  Your rights are established by the society you live in. 
    Now that is a dangerous thought. No wonder it says “ Endowed by our creator “.
    Junior isn't dangerous he's just a beta talker. 



    We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, and that ends
  • GardawgGardawg Posts: 9,785 Admiral
    just some more attention hoers
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    Heres Tom with the Weather.”
  • FlatsMatt96FlatsMatt96 ChuluotaPosts: 1,358 Officer
    These guys make all of us 2A guys look bad. All they did was manage to bring more hate towards a cause that has more negative support then positive. If you wanna slap a handgun on your hip and be friendly be my guest. Rifles though? CMON MAN! People need to understand that while we need to be on the offensive with our 2A rights and be fighting back against the ever so tightening laws, we still need to be responsible and polite in order to gain ground. This display is just...ugh..cmon man...
    If youre going to burn a bridge, dont just burn it, use C4 and make a statement. 
  • sigiiligansigiiligan Posts: 158 Deckhand
    Anyone who has seen any of the "sharknado" movies will completely understand why it's an excellent idea to have a rifle while bridge fishing... wait that movie was science fiction... These guys are just attention **** doing legal gun owner no favors what so ever... 
  • dave44dave44 Posts: 11,543 AG
    Anyone who has seen any of the "sharknado" movies will completely understand why it's an excellent idea to have a rifle while bridge fishing... wait that movie was science fiction... These guys are just attention **** doing legal gun owner no favors what so ever... 
    look, we all know the human race will be extinct in 12 years or less. Maybe carrying a long gun makes sense in light of the zombie hordes that will start showing up any day now.
  • pottydocpottydoc Port Saint JoePosts: 4,060 Captain
    dave44 said:
    Anyone who has seen any of the "sharknado" movies will completely understand why it's an excellent idea to have a rifle while bridge fishing... wait that movie was science fiction... These guys are just attention **** doing legal gun owner no favors what so ever... 
    look, we all know the human race will be extinct in 12 years or less. Maybe carrying a long gun makes sense in light of the zombie hordes that will start showing up any day now.
    They’re all going to be driving elecitric cars when they show up. :)
  • FlatsMatt96FlatsMatt96 ChuluotaPosts: 1,358 Officer
    pottydoc said:
    dave44 said:
    Anyone who has seen any of the "sharknado" movies will completely understand why it's an excellent idea to have a rifle while bridge fishing... wait that movie was science fiction... These guys are just attention **** doing legal gun owner no favors what so ever... 
    look, we all know the human race will be extinct in 12 years or less. Maybe carrying a long gun makes sense in light of the zombie hordes that will start showing up any day now.
    They’re all going to be driving elecitric cars when they show up. :)
    Hey man, you joke about that but some of these electric cars are fast as ****. We wont be able to run, we will have to wait for them to get out of their cars...my ruger 10/22 zombie thread isnt starting to seem like nonsense after all now is it?!
    If youre going to burn a bridge, dont just burn it, use C4 and make a statement. 
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 8,002 Admiral
    Zombies might be able to drive an Electric Car but they don't know how to open the car doors....winning..
    Killin and Grillin :grin
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