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Troxler gives win to pro-gun side of court case



From today's Howard Troxler column on the guns-to-work decision: On the surface, the judge sure looks like he cut the baby in half: Florida employers have to let employees keep guns in their cars if they have concealed-weapons permits. But businesses can still have a no-gun policy for customers. That part of the new law is on hold. So, what's the difference between employees and customers?

If you're trying to figure out some important constitutional distinction, don't bother. Here's the real answer:

Because the Florida Legislature screwed up the wording of the law, that's all. That can be fixed. Otherwise, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled, the Legislature was perfectly able to pass the "guns to work" law.

The ruling, therefore, is more of a victory for the pro-gun side and a fine example of judicial restraint — even by a mighty federal judge — against the political power of a state Legislature.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:04am]


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