The Libertarian Party of Florida has put a press release out announcing their support for WPLG reporter Jeff Weinsier and calling for dismissal of all charges against him.
Lpf.org – News Release Libertarians Support WPLG Reporter (pdf link)
Libertarians Support WPLG Reporter
Reporter does not give up his Constitutional right on school property
Winter Park, Florida – The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is appalled at the arrest of JeffreyWeinsier, a reporter for WPLG-TV News simply for his exercising his Second Amendmentright and his ability to protect himself.
Weinsier had recently received death threats by those under his scrutiny. In order to protect himself, Mr. Weinsier applied for and received a concealed carry permit from the State of Florida and carries a firearm. Earlier this week Mr. Weinsier was arrested for allegedlystepping onto school grounds in order to cover a story on school violence.
LPF chairman, Karl Dickey said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a situation where the State oversteps itsbounds when responsible citizens desire to protect themselves. Mr. Weinsier should not be required to give up his constitutional rights simply due to the place he happens to be standing. Having schools as ‘gun-free zones’ is an irresponsible policy as it allows criminals carteblanche to do what they will and leaving responsible citizens unable to protect themselvesand others.Ã¢â‚¬Â Gun-free zones are Ã¢â‚¬Å“target-rich environmentsÃ¢â‚¬Â for criminals.
The Libertarian Party of Florida calls for the dismissal of all charges against JeffreyWeinsier and for the Florida legislature to take up this unjust law in the 2008 session.