Back in 2008, Iowan Paul Dorr filed suit against Osceola County Sheriff Douglas Weber for denying him a concealed carry license. The Sheriff made no secret of the fact that he wasn’t a big fan of Mr. Dorr’s. Something to do with the applicant’s 11 home-schooled children and “unconventional” political views. “This is a great reminder that the First Amendment protects the sole individual who may be a gadfly, kook, weirdo, nut job, whacko, and spook with the same force of protection as folks with more majoritarian and popular views,” U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett opine. Wait ’til you hear what the judge has ordered for the Sheriff [via] blogs.desmoinesregister.com‘s 411 . . .
The judge also ordered Weber to successfully complete a court-approved course on the United States Constitution within the next five months.
“In denying (Dorr) a concealed weapons permit, Sheriff Weber single-handedly hijacked the First Amendment and nullified its freedoms and protections,” Bennett wrote.
First Amendment? Nice angle.