Florida Chamber of Commerce sues over commuter self-defense law
So reports the Orlando Sentinel. It doesn't state the legal theory, and I have trouble envisioning one, or at least one that might win.
This statement hasn't been accurate since the Ollie's Barbecue case and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. A solid majority of American's disagree with it's nineteenth century view of property rights. Like "fire exit" signs, service dog access, and dedicated handicapped parking spaces, when a property owner invites others on to his or her property, he or she invites more than their money, they "invite" their employees'/customers' personal rights too. The Massa don't live on 'de Plantation no more!
"Private property does not belong to the public. Employing a large staff, providing services to lots of customers, or permitting public access to a parking lot is not sufficient to transform private property into public. The litmus test for private property is ownership."
Posted by: 30yearprof at April 22, 2008 08:55 AM
Hopefully this sort of thing will not only be upheld but spread to other states...my car is MY property, and denying the right to have a gun in it at work also means I can't have a gun when I'm en route to and from work...it infringes on MY rights when I'm in my car, which lots of states consider an extension of the home.
Posted by: doug in colorado at April 23, 2008 10:21 AM