Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why we shouldn’t settle for a “compromise”

One Gary McBain posts why he stopped carrying after the state he lived in went from “may-issue” to “shall-issue” and the consequent hassles from cops and the government.

He had been a cop, retired and became a PI. He was able to get a “may issue” permit with almost no restrictions. But when his permit became “shall-issue”, it was hedged about with restrictions, and the cops started harassing lawful carriers.

It isn’t enough for permits to be shall-issue – if the state must have a permit process to ensure that carriers of weapons are law-abiding, the law should assume that the permitted person is law-abiding. Certainly now that we have had 20 years (more or less) of that experiment running.

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