Hospital Carry Question.

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Doc3402, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Up until now I have not carried in or on the grounds of our local hospital for the following reason. US Code has a thing in there about having firearms in the building or on the grounds of a hospital that has mental health facilities. Florida does not have this restriction in the state statutes.

    Here's my question. Since the state doesn't forbid the carry of concealed weapons in hospitals does this override the US Code listing? I probably won't base my decision on the answers posted here, unless they point to case law or statute, but some hints on where to look for more info will be greatly appreciated. As far as I can see, Gutmacher doesn't address this in his book.

    Please don't advise me to ignore the code by saying concealed means concealed. My new cardiologist is on the grounds of this hospital and he does a very through exam. IWB, OWB, and ankle carry will be discovered during the exam. He's fine with concealed carry, but he is the one that questioned the US Code restriction when I asked him about it. He also carries, but not on hospital grounds.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Federal law trumps state law.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Doc- Fed law trumps state law. However, that is one I missed. Do you have the code section?
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    You guys get patdowns before going to work?? Does everyone coming in the door get patdowns??
     
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    That is what I thought, so I played it safe. I'll try to find the code reference for you. I know I read it. I just hope I can find it again.
     
  6. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    talk to a 2A attorney... State can trump fed code
     
  7. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    As a general rule, state restrictions can be more stringent than federal but can't reduce existing federal restrictions.