Miami Beach Police Detain Legal Open Carriers, Chill First Amendment

AmmoLand.com | 6/26/2018 | Dean Weingarten
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Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- On June 24, at about 10 a.m. citizens peacefully openly and legally carrying holstered pistols were detained by police for two hours. The police closed the pier where the Second Amendment activists were fishing.

The legal open carriers were eventually released and allowed to continue their activities. However, police remained at the scene and actively discouraged other members of the public from making contact with the Second Amendment activists. From miamiherald.com:

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Police reopened the pier, but left a couple of officers there and stated, “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.”

The men cited Florida Statute 790.25(3), the (h) subsection of which allows openly carrying a gun by “person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition.” They came prepared with a print out of the statute.

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The action is almost certain to result in a lawsuit or lawsuits against Miami Beach for numerous violations of Constitutional rights. From local10.com:

Eric Friday, general counsel for Florida Carry, said the men were held by police for two hours and had guns drawn on them.

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“Overreaction would be an understatement, but I do believe they overreacted,” Friday said.

Friday said his group planned to take legal action against the city for how the police handled the situation.

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If you look at the image from local10.com, you can see that at least one Second Amendment activist was wearing a body camera. He appears to be in restraints.

The group associated with the event, Florida Carry, is a well managed resourceful, and experienced Second Amendment group. They have won several settlements in Florida courts. It is likely that more than one video camera was recording events. Florida Carry had this comment on its Facebook page:

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The illegal attack on our members by the Miami Beach...
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