With Hurricane Irma, a powerful category 5 hurricane, heading towards Florida, Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency across the state. As yet, no mandatory evacuations have been ordered, by the Governor. Some counties, however, have called for mandatory evacuations.
Passed into law in 2015 is the ability to carry a concealed weapon without a permit during an emergency evacuation. Though the legislation allows only for a period of 48 hours, it does allow for the Governor to extend that time period if deemed necessary.
- According to Florida law, residents can carry a concealed weapon without a permit for a specific period of time during mandatory evacuation.
- During Hurricane Irma, county governments in Florida issued mandatory evacuations before the governor issued them.
- The governor activated Air and Army National Guard before considering mandatory evacuation orders.
“We do not know the exact path of this storm, but weather can change in an instant and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst,”