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Florida Governor Refuses to Suspend Zimmerman’s Gun Permit

March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm by: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Prison Industrial Complex, White Privilege

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From ThinkProgress:

George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, hasn’t just avoided arrest — he is still licensed to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Florida. This morning, local civil rights leaders called on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to suspend Zimmerman’s concealed carry permit to protect the public.

Wesley T. Leonard of the Florida Civil Rights Association, flanked by numerous civil rights attorneys, clergy and community activists, spoke outside the office of the state’s licensing division in Orlando. The group argues that “Mr. Zimmerman is not fit to maintain his license because he has demonstrated to be a clear threat to public safety.”

Ordinarily, a concealed permit in Florida can only be suspended after an arrest. But in an interview with ThinkProgress, Orlando civil rights attorney Shayan Elahi explained that Scott has broad executive powers that gives him the authority to suspend Zimmerman’s license in the name of pubic safety.

Thus far, Scott’s administration is defending its decision to keep Zimmerman’s permit active, arguing that “short of a permit holder being convicted of a felony, the state does not have the authority to revoke a permit.”

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3 comments
Robinswing
Robinswing like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow!I wish something one of these so-called officials did surprised me.  Just once.

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

This was a contemporary lynching, and the official response from local and state authorities just gets worse and worse.  ALEC and NRA "Stand Your Ground" laws provide the legal pretext for lynching Trayvon Martin and how many more?

 

If we don't make this a turning point, we are fools - dangerous fools. 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @KayWhitlock you are right - as usual kay

 

i didn't realize tha 22 staes had such laws..

 

Yes -- ye another version of "legalized lynching"