I have no friggin’ clue why Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings [above] is dead set against open carry. In fact, I have no idea why ANY police officer would be against open carry. A gun strapped to a civilian’s hip indicates that A) he or she isn’t carrying a concealed weapon and B) he or she is helping prevent crime. You know: deterrence. Oh, but if there’s open carry BAD GUYS will holster-up. Hold on; how can bad guys open carry if there’s a vetting process that stops bad guys from carrying a firearm? In fact, Florida’s convicted felons can’t buy, own, keep, display, conceal or carry firearms. So any felon open carrying might as well be wearing a T-Shirt saying “I’m ready to go back to jail now.” Even bad guys aren’t THAT stupid. So . . . what’s the top cop’s argument against open carry again?
The same nonsense that the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) been spewing since they had to stop telling Floridians that the gutters would run red with blood if the “Gunshine State” allowed concealed carry. Deming reckons some of the good guys (Florida concealed carry permit holders) are actually, wait for it, bad guys.
So Deming’s political lobbyist—yes, the Sheriff of Orange County not one but two subalterns assigned to curry favor with legislators—heads down to the capital to argue against open carry toting “unlabeled photos claiming they showed members of outlaw motorcycle gangs who had been issued concealed-weapon permits.”
This from the orlandosentinel.com, which goes on to reveal that this was not cricket. Something about privacy. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s stepped in. Ish.
One of Sheriff Jerry Demings’ political lobbyists faces questioning by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement over last week’s release of concealed weapon permit holders’ photographs to legislators considering an open-carry law.
FDLE stepped in after being requested by the Sheriff’s Office, Demings said Monday afternoon.
The collection of seven photographs was turned over for an outside investigation after the Sheriff’s Office received complaints that Capt. Mike Fewless may have broken a state law prohibiting the disclosure of permit holders’ identities.
Here’s the thing: we live in a society where people are supposedly innocent until proven guilty. If a motorcycle gang member has a clean record, why shouldn’t he be able to carry a firearm—openly or otherwise? Doesn’t he have a right to armed self-defense until and unless he does something that terminates that right?
If Deming wants to make biking with convicted felons a crime (should there be any amongst the Wild Hogs), go ahead, make the case. But no; he prefers to keep ALL Concealed Carry Weapon permit holders from bearing arms because . . . what? Cops would lose their lock on exposed guns and, thus, lose some of the presumptive power over taxpayers?
Anyway, what are the odds that anyone from Demings’ office will face any kind of sanction for this reprehensible anti-open carry campaign? Meanwhile, the VPC Tweets “FL: CCW advocates want to hide from legislators fact that outlaw motorcycle gangs get permits.” Bastards.