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Old enough to fight for the Constitution? Old enough to exercise it

31 Aug

We give them a M-16, send them to a foreign land and tell them to defend the United States and  what it stands for, but if you’re not 21 in some parts of the country you will be denied the 2nd Amendment rights enumerated in our Constitution.

Well, FINALLY, a state has taken the step in overthrowing this theatre of the absurd.  Missouri has passed  Bill HB1657 that will allow US Military Personnel under the age of 21 to get their Concealed Carry Weapons permit.  Currently, the law states that everyone must be 21 in order to receive a CCW.

As I stated in my opening, we are giving these young men and women rifles, machine guns, tanks and cannons to fire with dire purpose in defense of Liberty, how hypocritical of a nation must we be to then deny them the simple right to defend themselves while at home.

Now, I am not in favor of exceptions, but if anyone deserves one it is our military servicemen and women who have given more than most in defense of what we hold dear.  I am hopeful that this will be a step in the right direction to the day when Constitutional Carry will be recognized by all 50 states.

Furthermore, another measure was passed by Missouri in regards to Open Carry.  While Open Carry is generally legal in Missouri, it is not covered under State Preemption and as such, local municipalities can dictate its legality. 

Now people with a valid concealed carry permit and who legally carry a firearm may “briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.”  While this isn’t a full-on open carry measure (the word briefly is vague) it does offer protection for a licensed gun owner who may be railroaded by a local municipality on trumped up charges.  Not a home run, but still another step in the right direction.

That is not all the good news in the world of gun ownership.  Our neighbors to the north in Canada are “well underway” in the dismantling of their long gun registry.  I bring this up only because a victory for gun rights anywhere is a victory for gun rights everywhere.  Of course, Quebec immediately filed an injunction and kept their long gun registry intact while they challenge the measure in court.  

I’m overjoyed anytime I see a gun registry scheme thrown out.  Gun registry has never been proven to stop any crime but has been proven to be the easiest avenue for gun confiscation and the gateway to the denial of the gun rights on a populace. 

A pair of feel good stories to start your weekend. 

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “Old enough to fight for the Constitution? Old enough to exercise it

  1. Nate

    August 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I agree this is a good step. However I do not want or plan to send my daughters off to college without some form of protection. When I met my wife we were in college together. I spoke to a local sheriff about her getting a concealed permit due to a recent car theft/ kidnapping at our school. She was 19 at the time. He told me there is not a permit she could get however he had a daughter away at college and he was willing to pay the $100 fine if she ever got caught. Sadly, I agree with him. The safety of my girls is worth whatever we have to do.

     
    • gunowners

      August 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I couldn’t agree more Nate. Every year parents send their children off to college with the University acting in loco parentis but what do most of these institutions do? They put up a no gun sign and think they have created a safe environment. As if that would stop anyone with nefarious intent. And it doesn’t have to be a gunman looking for mass murder. It could be a mugger with a knife, or a rapist who is stronger than his target. The universities fail if they deny the equalizing affect that a firearm grants to a law abiding person.

      It still boggles my mind that academia, in their ivory towers, think that by denying the law abiding you somehow protect them.

      My suggestion Nate, is that you look to the schools that first allow Concealed Carry on Campus and then look to the states that allow a CCW to be obtained at 18.

      The maps at opencarry.org is a good place to start.

       
  2. Rod

    August 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’d rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.

     
  3. will keller

    August 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Just because you serve. Does not mean you have the maturity to carry concealed. There is a huge difference between a rifle being carried and a pistol concealed. That being said i support carry concealed I wish Maryland was less anal retentive.

    OIF VET 07-08

     
  4. Erik

    August 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Sadly alot of our military soldiers are from gangs…so are we going to be giving guns to thugs when they get back home? I’m a proud gun owner and permit carrier.

     
  5. Trevor

    October 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    to Erik so your suggesting that because of the few, the majority should suffer?

     

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