Florida law also forbids going about in public places wielding long guns. The advantages of that statute have been become evident over the last few months with the news out of Texas, where long gun displays aren’t prohibited, and where Texas Open Carry members have been showing up at fast food restaurants and department stores with military assault weapons strapped to their backs. The tactic seems designed to intimidate anyone who’d like to regulate the kind of firearms employed in massacres like Sandy Hook and Aurora. Or anyone who just doesn’t want to be sitting down with their kids at a burger joint, like at that Jack In The Box in Fort Worth last month, when five guys walk in with assault rifles slung on their backs
Fred Grimm is one of the intellectual darlings of Florida…which does not say much for the Florida literary world, but his voice carries within the Miami Herald ever dwindling staff and some in Tallahassee actually pay attention to what he says.
Although all politics are local, stuff that happens outside a state’s borders do have influence. At least 2 states that were considering implementing Stand Your Ground laws, stopped doing so because of the Martin/Zimmerman case and that was with more than 70% of Floridians in favor of the law with only a few idjits in the media raising hell.
The actions of Open Carry Texas will be brought as example of what people will do if the Florida Legislature allows Open Carry. At the very best we may have some sort of law limiting OC to a very narrow set of circumstances. The deal-breaker will again be giving the power of law to No Guns signs which result in the death for another year of Open carry in Florida.
Fred Grimm’s editorial is the first shot across the bow for the next legislative season. It is a bitch that the ammo was produced by a small group of morons, allegedly pro-gun coming out of Texas.