A legal “Notice of Intention to Adopt Ordinance” by the Okaloosa County Commission appeared on Page B11 of the Northwest Florida Daily News on Aug. 22. It amends the code relating to parks and recreation. Among the changes are the banning of trampolines while eliminating the prohibition of firearms.

My initial concern was whether firearms on the beach will change our reputation as a family-friendly destination and whether the Tourist Development Council has had a say in it.

Since Florida has no open carry law, can a firearm be concealed in a man’s Spandex or a woman’s bikini?

Using due diligence I looked at the mishmash of state gun laws and found that the state Legislature has preempted firearms lawmaking and declared any regulations or rules in this arena by subordinate governments are null and void (FL Statute 790.33). If my interpretation is correct, the county firearms amendment has no effect other than catering to a certain constituency.

I am not sure who all can carry at the beach but Florida Statute 790.25(3)(h) seems to definitely allow it if you are also carrying a fishing pole. A carrier might find it inconvenient to go for a swim because the state laws require safekeeping of the weapon. So if you wish to swim in saltwater with your weapon somehow concealed on your person, make sure it is all stainless steel.

If you are a casual beachgoer, you will be safe from flying trampolinists but watch out for anyone with a lump in their Spandex.

Richard Hoffert, Shalimar