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.