Florida governor reinstates sheriff in gun rights case


Governor Rick Scott is reinstating Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch to his job after a jury acquitted him of official misconduct and falsifying public records.

Liberty County, population just over 8,000 is Florida’s smallest county. It’s name inspired from our founding fathers. Guns here are a way of life.  

In June, state police arrested Liberty County’s sheriff after he set a man free who been arrested by a deputy for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

When prosecutors asked a jury pool of two dozen, how many of you own a gun?

Virtually every hand in the room went up.

Thursday, Sheriff  Nick Finch was acquitted. He’s already back on the job.

“I think that in this case, you know, second amendment issues are important, and I believe in the second amendment. I think that, you know, people do have the right to keep, bare arms,” said Finch.

Next week state lawmakers hold a stand your ground hearing. The committee chairman represents  the western Panhandle. He’s already vowed not to change even a comma in the law.

Harold Revell was sheriff here for 24 years, which means he knows his voters.

“I didn’t worry about people carrying a gun, if you need it you got it,” said Revell.

As for the  Finch, he thinks stand your ground has been misused, but:

“I’m a supporter in the Stand your ground law,” he said.

And the people who elected Finch agree, right down to the jury that concluded the second amendment is as much as a way of life in this rural part of the state as anything else.

Governor Rick Scott reinstated Finch a couple of hours after the verdict was read by jurors.

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3 thoughts on “Florida governor reinstates sheriff in gun rights case

    1. and give him back pay. Even cops suspended are never without that paycheck which in a sense is a vacation eh?

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