U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett has strongly condemned Sheriff Douglas Weber of Osceola County in Iowa for illegally denying a CCW permit to Paul Dorr, a local father of 11, and also an avid anti-abortion activist. Judge Bennett said that Sheriff Weber violated Dorr's 1st Amendment right to free speech, by citing Dorr's participation in numerous anti-abortion protests to justify his denial of a CCW permit.
Many local people labeled Dorr "weird", for holding such strong anti-abortion beliefs. However, Dorr had no criminal record at all in Iowa. And had only been cited in other states of minor violations at anti-abortion protests, such as blocking doors and blocking vehicles. Dorr was also very active in local taxpayer watchdog groups, that criticized the Osceola County budget.
Dorr quietly fought his denial for the past 3 years in the court system, taking his appeal all the way to the Federal Court level. So strong was Judge Bennett's criticism of Sheriff Douglas Weber, that he not only ordered that Dorr's CCW Permit be issued, but he also sentenced the Sheriff to take a mandatory course on the US Constitution within the next 5 months.
So after waiting for 3 long years, Paul Door will now get his CCW permit. Sadly, I guess that this sort of thing can happen in a "may issue" state.
Here is a link to the full news report about this case: