Friday, March 21, 2008

A right to bear arms?

That is the question the Supreme Court will decide in June 2008.

From articles written, the court will rule it is a right.

I assume the states will be allowed to implement reasonable controls that will be pushed to the extreme and need to be revisited by the court at a future date.

Unreasonable controls you could possible see; $1000 a year handgun permits, $500 permit for each handgun, one year waiting periods, guns stored at ranges, guns stored in safes, and whatever else the states or counties think they can get away with.

With a favorable ruling you WILL NOT have to PROVE to the local judge, sheriff, or county official your right to own a handgun.

A city such as New York City, will have to approve your handgun permit within a reasonable period, provided you have not lost the right to bear arms:

(1) Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year;

(2) Is a fugitive from justice;

(3) Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;

(4) Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution;

(5) Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States or an alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;

(6) Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;

(7) Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his or her citizenship;

(8) Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner; or

(9) Has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence

(10) Cannot lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm.

The gun community need not shoot themselves in the foot upon receiving a favorable ruling and background checks requirements must be supported, as in todays society they are much needed.


  1. An individual rights decision from SCOTUS will not automatically change NY law regarding pistol licenses. The Sullivan Act will have to be again challenged in court regarding the discretionary nature of issuing licenses.

  2. I assume foot dragging, lawsuits, and unreasonable restrictions.

    If the court says we have the RIGHT, check mate!

    States, counties, and cites across America will be challenged and it will be a sure bet the NRA will be leading the charge.