In 2012, Dale Norman was arrested in Ft. Pierce, Florida for having a gun in a holster at his side. He had a concealed carry license, but his gun was in the open and that violated a Florida state law that banned open carry. Norman was found guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor and fined. He chose to challenge the constitutionality of the state law, claiming it violated his Second Amendment Rights. However, he lost every court case including the one before the Florida State Supreme Court earlier this year.
Norman, with the help of Florida Carry, filed a petition to have his case heard before the US Supreme Court in hopes of having them rule the law unconstitutional.
Unfortunately, the high court opted not to hear Norman’s appeal, which effectively allows the state courts’ rulings to stand and the law to remain on the books.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public, ending a case that started nearly six years ago when a man was arrested in St. Lucie County.
The U.S. Supreme Court, as is common, did not explain its reasons for declining to hear the case. But the move effectively let stand a Florida Supreme Court ruling in March that said the open-carry ban did not violate the constitutional right to bear arms.
The plaintiff in the case, Dale Norman, was arrested in February 2012 in Fort Pierce as he openly carried a gun in a holster. Norman, who had a concealed-weapons license, was found guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor, with a judge imposing a $300 fine and court costs, according to court documents…
The refusal of the US Supreme Court to hear the case is a blow for gun rights and could be used as a precedent by other states to pass similar laws banning openly carrying a gun. It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the state will issue concealed carry licenses, but not allow for open carry, but then when do many laws make sense?