Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) Fights Against Gun RightsSubmitted by silentboom on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 15:10
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.