Florida open carry ban appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
By Chris Eger
With narrow exceptions for target shooting, hunting, and fishing, Florida is one of just five states that ban the open carry of firearms (Photo: Smith and Wesson)
A challenge to the Florida law preventing the carry of firearms openly was filed with the nation’s high court this week.
The case comes as an appeal of a 2012 second-degree misdemeanor conviction of Dale Lee Norman, 26, who was found guilty by a succession of lower courts for Open Carrying of a Weapon outside of his home when his shirt did not cover the handgun for which he had a concealed carry permit.
The 49-page petition argues Florida’s ban is unconstitutional as concealed carry in the state is a licensed privilege, and does meet the right to keep and bear arms protected under the Second Amendment.
“At issue in this case is whether that guarantee protects the right to carry firearms in public for self-defense,” the petition says. “Neither party disputes that the issue is one of national importance or that the courts of appeals have already weighed in extensively.”
The state is one of only five that ban almost all open carry, with limited exceptions while hunting or fishing. The Florida Supreme Court weighed in on