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FL Attorney General Bondi Wastes Tax Payer Dollars Fighting Against Gun Rights

FL Attorney General Bondi Wastes Tax Payer Dollars Fighting Against Gun Rights

Florida Carry

Florida Carry

Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- While California Senator Dianne Feinstein was filing a bill in the U.S. Senate to ban millions of privately owned firearms, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office filed documents attempting to have the Florida Supreme Court prohibit a Florida appellate court from hearing the case of Dale Norman, a concealed carry licensee who was convicted of violating Florida’s ban on the unconcealed carry of firearms.

In Florida, it is generally unlawful to carry a firearm except under the state’s concealed carry licensing laws. The Florida courts have consistently ruled that concealed carry is not a right protected by the Second Amendment, but only a privilege which is granted at the whim of the Legislature.

The County Court Judge who issued the lower court ruling in the Norman trial called the law “vague” and possibly unconstitutional. He went on to certify the case’s constitutional issues as “Questions of Great Public Importance” to be reviewed directly by the 4th District Court of Appeals because they “affect millions of Floridians”. Subsequently a federal appellate court ruled in Moore v. Madigan that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the Right to Bear Arms protects a person’s right to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense and other lawful purposes.

The Florida Attorney General is now attempting to convince the Florida Supreme Court to prohibit a three-judge panel at the appellate court from exercising its jurisdiction to review the constitutionality of the “Open Carry” ban law and to review the judgment and sentencing imposed on Mr. Norman.

The applicable Florida rules of appellate procedure demand that “If the district court of appeal accepts the appeal, it will decide all issues that would have been subject to appeal…”.

“We have not seen a Florida Attorney General take such drastic anti-Second Amendment positions since 1987 when Bob Butterworth fought tooth and nail against concealed carry licensing”, said Florida Carry, Inc. Executive Director Sean Caranna. “We’ve previously spoken to staffers at the highest level of Bondi’s office to be sure that they were aware of the impact this case has on the right to bear arms. This is an attempted end-run around the Constitution that she swore an oath to protect.”

Why is the Attorney General devoting so many tax payer dollars to defending Dale’s $500 fine and misdemeanor criminal conviction for violating the Open Carry ban?

We truly hope that we are wrong, but it appears that upholding the Second Amendment is a bridge too far for Pam Bondi.

Dale Norman’s Attorney Eric J. Friday said, “We will continue to fight to ensure that Dale Norman gets his day in Court. The lower court judge made it clear that he felt this case should be addressed by the DCA. Since the Moore v. Madigan decision, there is no constitutional basis for Florida’s open carry ban.”

We at Florida Carry urge the Attorney General to withdraw this attack on the Right to Bear Arms and concede that the complete ban on carrying is unconstitutional.

State v. Norman – writ or prohibition

About: Florida Carry, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental rights of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry stands only to represent our supporters, members, and the over 7-million gun owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission.

Florida Carry works tirelessly toward striking down ill-conceived gun control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law-abiding citizens.

  • 4 User comments to “FL Attorney General Bondi Wastes Tax Payer Dollars Fighting Against Gun Rights”

    1. What they are worried about is…Freaking out all tourists(Snow Lizards)that flock here from repressive States in the Northeast. Can’t risk those tourist dollars, can we?

    2. The Feinstein’s gun ban nuts are wrong!

      They are in honor of their Congressional Oath of Office..
      “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC”.
      They are in gross violation of our Constitution.
      They must be stopped!

      The 2ndA is Not about hunting.
      1) A counter balance against possible oppressive authoritarian tyranny.
      2) Self defense of one’s life and property is a natural unalienable birth right.
      3) It’s about abbiding and honoring our constitutional rule of law, period!

    3. DaveGinOly on January 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM said:

      It’s pretty simple. If concealed carry is a privilege (not exercised by right) and open carry is illegal, then there is no recognized “right to bear arms.” Because we know we have a “right to bear arms,” something has to give; either concealed carry is not a privilege and can be conducted by right (w/o a permit), open carry can be conducted by right, or both. There MUST be a method of carry that’s conducted by right. If it’s not concealed carry, then it MUST be open carry. The AG here is trying to prevent the court from admitting or recognizing this fact.

    4. How would we go about writing the AG and/or those above the AG about this? This is clearly unconstitutional and there’s no reason for the AG to be trying to stop this.

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