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Supreme Court To Weigh In On Ban Of Open Carry Of Guns

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) - The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case challenging a state law the bars people from openly carrying firearms.

Justices issued a brief order accepting the case, which stems from the 2012 arrest in Fort Pierce of Dale Norman, who was openly carrying a gun in a holster. A jury found Norman guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor, leading to the constitutional challenge.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in February upheld a state law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms, ruling that the restriction does not violate constitutional rights to bear arms.

The Supreme Court move to accept the case came on the same day that a state House subcommittee approved a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms.

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