Apparently, Obama isn’t the only threat to the Second Amendment (no kidding right?). As I wrote about last week with Pennsylvania’s Democrat AG-elect Kathleen Kane, Attorney Generals are given broad powers on the interpretation and implementation of gun related issues such as reciprocity agreements between states and how to interpret gun laws.
While Kane seeks to undermine every reciprocity agreement on the books for Pennsylvania, Florida’s Republican Attorney General, Pamela Jo Bondi, seeks to harass law abiding citizens outright and make it as inconvenient and troublesome as possible to legally carry a concealed weapon.
Florida is one of only six remaining states that do not allow the Open Carrying of Firearms so concealed carry is the only option.
The case before the Florida Supreme Court, Mackey v State of Florida, is to determine whether an investigatory stop, and a search and seizure of a person suspected to be carrying a concealed firearm, is lawful.
Bondi’s argument before the court is that anyone is vulnerable to an investigatory stop and a search and seizure because carrying a concealed firearm, in and of itself, is illegal. In addition, having a permit is an affirmative defense, or excuse for a crime, so the stop and search is reasonable. In other words, everyone who carries a gun will be considered a criminal…forfeiting their 4th Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizures and will be treated like a criminal until their “affirmative defense” of having a license is accepted.
Think of it like this, you are driving down the road, doing nothing wrong, following the speed limit and you are pulled over, dragged out of your car, thrown in handcuffs and detained against your will while the police search through your car. Eventually they look at your license to make sure you are at least 16 and then they let you go. It doesn’t matter if you’re 45 years old, driving a car without a license is a crime and they will assume that everyone driving is a criminal committing a felony.
THAT is what the interpretation of everyone carrying a weapon is a felon equates to. It’s just downright un-American.
Of course, as gun control zealots are wont to do, Bondi stops reading the statute at the point that is convenient for her infringing ways. If she were to read further she would note that the section she is reading from concerning concealed carrying for firearms states: “This section [carrying concealed weapons] does not apply to a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon.”