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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Florida open-carry case

Posted on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 at 11:03 am    

It’s legal to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, if you’ve got the right permit. But in declining to hear an appeal from a St. Lucie man, the U.S. Supreme Court allows a ban on the open carrying of firearms to remain in place in Florida.

The plaintiff in the case, Dale Norman, was arrested in February 2012 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.

Backed by the Second Amendment group Florida Carry, Norman challenged the constitutionality of the state’s longstanding ban on openly carrying weapons. But the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Norman, leading him to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.