Attorney Stephen Merrill won his case representing Dan Moore against the City of Norfolk. A Norfolk police officer asked Dan Moore to leave Norfolk’s Waterside simply because he was openly carrying a pistol. Moore was arrested for trespassing for refusing.
State laws permit openly carrying firearms in public places. City officials put forward that eventhough Waterside was built with public funds, the property was leased to a private entity and thus not subject to that law. Merrill proved through use of FOIA that no private funds were spent managing the property and thus the property was public. Well, follow the links for more on this:
Until they update to another story, more info can be found at Virginia News Source: VirginiaNewsSource.Com
Stephen Merrill also happens to be General Counsel for the Tidewater Libertarian Party.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Merrill has used his chosen profession to defend individual liberties. On behalf of the Tidewater Libertarian Party, Merrill filed an Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court during the infamous Kelo vs. New London eminent domain case. Unfortunately the court ruled against our rights but, when Judge Clarence Thomas wrote his dissenting opinion he virtually mirrored the brief that Merrill submitted.
The victory for “open carry” was a giant local win for the 2nd amendment. Dan Moore excercised his rights and Judge James Matthews ruled in favor of freedom. As a fellow American and freedom loving Libertarian, I couldn’t be more proud. Thanks again Steve!