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Florida Sheriff Opposes the State’s Gun Control Law

Written by John Odermatt on November 1, 2013

Do you have the right to carry a firearm and use it in self-defense?

Americans like to believe that they live in a free society, but in many urban areas around the United States individuals do not have the right to even own a firearm. Almost anywhere you travel in the country, if you want to legally carry a concealed gun, then the State requires that you gain their permission as a prerequisite.

Unless permission to carry a firearm is granted by local bureaucrats, individuals are not authorized by the State to defend themselves with a firearm. This is insanity, and it directly infringes upon the Second Amendment.

Why should a bureaucrat get to determine if you are allowed to defend your life?

Fortunately, in the state of Florida, the Second Amendment received a ringing endorsement from a local sheriff.

Liberty County, Florida lived up to its name this past week. Sheriff Nick Finch was found not guilty of misconduct originating from allegations that he intervened in the arrest of Floyd Eugene Parrish on gun charges.

NBC Miami reports that the jury took roughly an hour to produce the not guilty verdict for the suspended Liberty County Sheriff. Finch had been suspended by Governor Rick Scott after being charged this past June with official misconduct, a felony charge.

Sheriff Finch was accused of destroying records associated with the arrest of Parrish. Parrish was arrested when one of Finch’s deputies found that he was carrying a pistol without a concealed carry permit.

Finch denied destroying records, but openly stated that he did not believe state gun laws should trump the Second Amendment.

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6 thoughts on “Florida Sheriff Opposes the State’s Gun Control Law

  1. Buckeye Libertarian says:

    Somebody should ask the governor to comment on what the sheriff openly said in court about state laws not trumping the Constitution and use that as the litmus test for deciding whether to vote for the governor again.

  2. As a Military Veteran I open carry everywhere. I fought for my Constitutional Rights and "No One" is going to take them from me.

  3. 1baronrichsnot1 says:


  4. "Official misconduct" is another one of the those weaselly charges — like "ethics violations" — used to destroy someone that has become a threat to the establishment, like Jim Traficante.

  5. Second time this year a Florida jury got it right. Much to the disappointment, both times, of a lot of whingey liberal disarmers. Well done, folks. May this be a solid protent of more to come. Time juries begin to grow a spine and uphold the SUPREME law of the land, our COnstitutioin.

  6. You mean Mr. Somebody-Else, don't you?

    What kind of libertarian are you? Has Ohio already forgotten what corrupt officials did to Congressman Trafficante for exposing public corruption in a public forum: the keynote speech of the 1997 Reform Party Convention in Kansas City?

    Constitutional process would have Articles of Impeachment introduced against Governor Scott for Abuse of Office..
    That scenario enables Florida's citizens (through their directly-elected Senators) to determine if Mr. Scott must be fired. Isn't the Senate of Florida the venue charged with removal-for-cause of seedy, conceited, seated elected officials?

    Regarding the Constitution's proscription against 'Cruel and Unusual Punishment:

    Like public stocks erected in town squares (not the kind traded by Wall Street), colonial era tar-and-feathers may have been cruel, but they certainly weren't unusual!

    Over half of Federal officials, in all branches, merit Colonial era punishment for open defiance of Article 1,Section 7. Introducing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare, but really Hillarycare) in the Senate, they enacted, signed and granted it court approval.. And we re-elected them in 2010 and 2012? Is America stupid or what?