Three unidentified men were spotted Wednesday by Melbourne Beach police walking with AR-15s and fishing poles. Openly carrying a gun typically is illegal in Florida. The second-degree misdemeanor can come with a $500 fine or a maximum of 60 days in jail. But not if you also are carrying fishing or hunting equipment. Walking through a public place with an AR-15 strapped around your shoulder is legal if you happen to be carrying fishing equipment as well. Florida Statute 790.25 addresses lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons, and section 3(h) specifies: Anyone "engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition" can openly carry a firearm. More: 3 men carry rifles, fshing poles while walking in Melbourne Beach If someone has a fishing license, isn’t intoxicated and hasn’t been convicted of a felony, it’s within the law to openly carry a gun while fishing in Florida. Second Amendment rights advocates have used this qualifier across the state to organize gatherings of armed fisherman in highly public places. Monday, Melbourne Beach police stopped and questioned three men carrying AR-15s and fishing gear. Last summer, a group of activists were briefly detained in Miami Beach while fishing at an area pier. They threatened to sue the city for false imprisonment and aggravated assault. A fishing tournament held in spring 2018 in Fort Pierce drew dozens of open-carry advocates with rifles and handguns.