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Q) Are you saying in Florida a convicted felon can open carry a pellet pistol as long as it is not used in a crime or concealed?
Florida Code 790.001(6) defines what a "firearm" is for purposes of concealed carry, using a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony:
"(6) “Firearm” means any weapon (including a starter gun
) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device; or any machine gun. The term “firearm” does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime."
The key phrase is "to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive." A pellet gun operates by compressed air or other gas; a firearm operates by a propellant and an explosive. Thus, a pellet gun is not a "firearm" under the code and a felon is not prohibited from openly carrying it.
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