I live in Miami, FL and have read the FL statutes as it relates to carrying a firearm in a vehicle and it totally does not make sense. I have a concealed weapon carry permit in Florida and from what I understand, I may carry while in my vehicle while the firearm in on my person, holstered and concealed of course. However, while driving, I do not like to have a firearm strapped to my body with a round in the chamber because in the event of a major crash, I cannot predict how the impact would effect the firearm. Safety on or whatever, it is a mechanical device and any mechanical device can fail under extreme circumstances. Perhaps, I am being over cautious. However, I was in a bad crash in 1994 as a passenger where the driver (my fiancée) was unfortunately killed so I did see first hand how a car can be dismantled in a violent crash.
Back to the topic… I normally kept my firearm which is either a Sig P365XL or a Springfield Ronin .45 in the center console while holstered so that qualified under Florida law as “fully encased”. However, that was with my previous car that had a large center console. I just purchased a new BMW 550 M that has a center console that is too small to fit any firearm in it.
So to that point, I am asking opinions of those living in FL or other states that have similar laws for suggestions. Don’t want to keep the firearm in the glove box as it is too far to reach. Some friends have suggested that I buy soft cases or hard boxes and attach to the carpeted area under the dash with Velcro.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Take care and be well!