NRA Has More Harsh Judgment For Judiciary Chair

May 25, 2016

The National Rifle Association is turning up the heat on a Jacksonville lawmaker who refused a last-ditch attempt to expand Florida’s stand your ground law.

A disagreement over stand your ground legislation has landed the Republican House Judiciary Chairman in hot water with the National Rifle Association.

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer is trumpeting another reason she thinks Governor Rick Scott shouldn’t appoint House Judiciary Chairman Charles McBurney as a circuit judge --- temperament.

Hammer points to a well-publicized 2013 incident in which McBurney got a state trooper fired for issuing him a traffic ticket.

“He is unfit to be on the bench. When he puts himself above the people, as a legislator. I shudder to think what he would do on the bench.”

McBurney was pulled over for speeding, but the trooper ticketed him for lacking proof of insurance. McBurney filed a formal complaint and denied speeding or driving without his insurance card. The trooper was fired, then reinstated after challenging his dismissal.

McBurney says he earned a 100 percent NRA rating two years ago, but he agreed with prosecutors that the stand your ground bill would hurt domestic violence victims.