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Armed And Kind Of Stupid

Edwin Sotomayor, hero of Florida's gun crazies, came to work with a .45 caliber pistol in his trunk, flouting Disney World zero-tolerance no-gun regulation. Willing to martyr his own career as an unarmed security guard at the theme park, he figured to test Florida's new take-your-guns to work law. He got his wish. Disney fired him. So, on July 11, the unarmed security guard fired suit, challenging the theme park's contention that the company falls within an exception allowing entities that hold a federal explosions permit to continue to bar firearms on their premises. Disney has the explosives permits, of course, because they blast the nightly sky full of fireworks.

Meanwhile, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation have filed their own lawsuit. This one seeks to toss the law. U.S. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle of Tallahassee hasn't ruled yet, but he may have signaled his estimation of the new law as he puzzled over the obscure language of the new law. "Stupid, isn't it?" he said.

If Judge Hinkle tosses the law, of course, that would leave Martyr Sotomayer in a strange legal limbo. He'd be suing to force Disney to comply with a law that no longer exists.

Stupid, isn't it?


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