By Jim Campbell
June 13, 2918
For those who abhor guns here’s something to think about.
How might this have turned out had the woman, an off duty police officer been carrying her service revolver?
This would also bolster the contention by those who want to get a concealed carry permit for self-protection to do so.
I’ve had a concealed carry permit going on eight-years.
There has never been an incidence I needed to draw my weapon.
Show me a place in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution where self-protection using a pistol is illegal.
It’s not there.
Laws have been put in place by elected officials who believe they have the power to select which parts of the Constitution enforce.
They have forgotten that the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom from despots who would take them from us.
Irony: What You Need to Know About Open Carry in America (Source)
Gun laws in the US vary considerably between states.
The majority of legislation relating to guns is enacted at the state level and these laws are independent of Federal firearms laws.
This has resulted in a broad variation of gun laws in all the US states with each state taking a different approach on issues such as permits, carry laws, sales, and self-defense laws.
Consider shoot first laws and much more. (Source)
In some states the firearms laws can be much less restrictive than federal laws.
However, individuals are not exempt from federal laws just because the state laws are less restrictive.
In most cases it is left to the discretion of local law enforcement whether they will enforce federal laws.
The Supreme court has ruled in Printz v United States that local law enforcement are not obligated to enforce federal firearms laws. (Source)
There are forty states that have a provision that protects the right to own and bear firearms, similar to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Some of the states that do not have this protection are California, Florida, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa, New Jersey and New York.