Florida Carry Inc. asks US Supreme Court to hear open-carry case: Norman v. Florida

Florida Carry Inc. filed a request Monday, known as a Writ of Certiorari, with the US Supreme Court, asking the justices to hear the pivotal case: Dale Lee Norman v. State of Florida.

Florida Carry general counsel Eric Friday will argue the case along with Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D, one of the country’s best Constitutional scholars and Second Amendment litigators.

Halbrook has personally argued three gun-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning all three. He’s testified before Congress, appeared on numerous television programs and written briefs for two of the most significant Second Amendment cases ever heard by the Supreme Court, McDonald v. Chicago and D.C. v. Heller.

For Heller, he was asked to write a brief on behalf of the majority of lawmakers in both the U.S. House and Senate.

According to the petition, here is the key question the attorneys hope to present:

Florida law provides for licenses to carry handguns concealed, but prohibits carrying firearms openly. Petitioner, who had such license, was convicted of openly carrying a firearm on a public street. The majority of the Florida Supreme Court upheld the ban under intermediate scrutiny based on conjecture by counsel about why the legislature may have banned open carry. The issue is whether a prohibition on peaceably and openly carrying a lawfully-owned handgun infringes on “the right of the people to . . . bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. That issue also involves the extent to which a restriction on a constitutional right may be upheld, under a proper standard of review, on the basis of a post hoc argument of counsel with no foundation in the legislative or factual record.

According to Florida Carry, Norman was a law abiding concealed carry licensee who was arrested and prosecuted in Fort Pierce for violating Florida nearly complete ban on Open Carry after his otherwise lawfully carried handgun unknowingly became unconcealed while walking down the street the first time he carried outside his home with his new Florida concealed carry license.

This is a pivotal case for anyone who carries a firearm.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

2 Comments

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  2. There is no question FL violates everyone’s right to bear arms. If the only way I can legally bear arms is to ask permission and pay a tax then it’s an infringement. If requiring an ID to vote is an infringement then so is a required CCW permit to bear arms.

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