A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is probably unconstitutional, ordering DC police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital.
US District Judge Richard J Leon found that the law violates the “core right of self-defense” granted in the Second Amendment….
And another protection of our individual liberties. Here’s what the 2nd Amendment says (again, for those of you steady readers of this blog):
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Notice that (again…): there’s not a syllable of permission for the Federal government to dictate to us citizens what our purpose in keeping and bearing may be. The Federal government has no legitimate interest in our purpose, and so any demand that we satisfy the Federal government of our good reason is not merely unconstitutional, it’s dishonestly so.
We citizens do, through our government, restrict convicted felons’ right to keep and bear. It stops there, though: unless the Federal government can show that a citizen has been convicted of a felony, it cannot further restrict.