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Although you may be in the “right” when you defend…

Although you may be in the “right” when you defend yourself with a handgun, if you are not legally armed, you will lose in court.

At a recent state championship pistol match, a fellow came to watch and mingle, and found himself very much welcomed, as is generally the case. He was chatting with me after I had completed a stage, and asked if I was going to carry concealed when I went home from the match. I answered yes, of course, explaining that the same gun I was shooting in the event would be loaded with JHP instead of ball ammunition, and riding on my hip on the drive back. “So,” I responded, “do you carry?”

“No, I don’t,” he replied. I asked him why not, thinking he might be just exploring the concept and here at the match to do some research. “Because I won’t pay the state for a God-given right,” he answered instead.

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If you are willing to buy a good holster and a quality handgun, spend the money on a CCW permit to keep yourself legal, and keep your CCW license on you at all times.

I make most of my living with words, in one way or another—in a classroom, in court, or in venues like this one—and I’m not usually at a loss for words, but I sure was this time. The man was a stranger to me, but obviously a gun guy, and I couldn’t think of a way to say what was on my mind without sounding insulting and judgmental. “Fella, you’re gonna be helpless if you need to protect your family in public, because you don’t want to pay a license fee?” No, I didn’t say that. But I was damn sure thinking it.

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  • Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham from Staub v. Baxley: permits for rights are unconstitutional censorships or prior restraints. I’ve been trying to talk NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, and SAFs Alan Gottlieb to go after permits for this reason, but they are too interested in seeming to show some ‘common sense’ (common to whom?), or to be willing to ‘compromise’ (capitulate) the right, or for some other reason they are unconcerned. Even tho’ history proves licensing leads to confiscation, NRA & SAF seem intent on not only accepting, but have even pushed for CCW permission from the state(s). Unconscionable. Tho’ I agree with what Ayoo says here, no one need have a permit to carry, yet it will take a court challenge to bring this to fruition. Problem is, NRA is too afraid to take such a thing to court for fear of not being seen as ‘reasonable’? Reasonable in whose estimation? Certainly not the majority of their members? If so, then we really have lost the right to keep bear, for surely, it is being whittles away, and the only way to get it back is to fight in the courts, or on a battlefield. I would rather it be the courts.