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.
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.