Thursday, August 01, 2013

2nd Amend takes another lower court hit; trends in gun laws

New Jersey's requirement that applicants show a justifiable need before getting a concealed carry permit was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.  What other constitutional or natural law right requires a showing of " justifiable need?"  Crime can sometimes be random.  This is a la-la land decision.  The Supreme Court needs to step in. 

The article also notes that the country seems to be moving in 2 very different directions in terms of gun laws.  (Are we becoming increasingly polarized about gun rights?  Hard to believe we can get any more polarized.  Just goes to show how little value many pols place on the Bill of Rights.)

"New restrictions on guns have passed in Connecticut, New York, Colorado and Maryland, all of which are led by Democrats. More states have moved in the opposite direction: Six states relaxed restrictions, including those on carrying guns into churches, schools or workplace parking lots.
In 1981, just three states -- Maine, Washington and Vermont -- let residents carry weapons in public without giving a reason. Today, about 40 states do.
The New Jersey case is Drake v. Filko, 12-1150, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Philadelphia). The lower-court case is Muller v. Maenza, 2:10-cv-06110, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark)"

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