Skip to comments.The right to bear arms (WY)
Posted on 02/22/2010 5:24:27 PM PST by marktwain
Re: "No need to change Wyoming's gun laws," Opinion/Feb. 17.
I would like to address this in two parts. The true laws of the country and state we live in. And, my personal opinion on this subject.
First of all, I am a registered voter. I am a registered Republican. I have never voted a straight party ticket ... ever. As a matter of fact, I voted for Governor Dave twice. (I would not vote for him a third time. Because term limits are a good thing. No offense Dave.) The reason I bring this up is simple, I wish to point out that I am not blinded by only one side of an argument.
The obvious: Our tattered and seldom-read Constitution of the United States of America's Second Amendment says I, as a citizen, have the "right" to bear arms. Not a privilege, a right. Nowhere does it define this as pursuant to hunting or recreation. It does not define it by saying open carry or concealed. It simply says I have the "right." As a matter of fact it does not even describe what type of gun I may have.
People will argue that this was written in a different time where the understanding of today's society could not be appreciated. True, to a point. People were more polite in that bygone era. Personal responsibility was demanded also. If anything, this makes the "right" of bearing arms even more valid.
Article 1, Section 24 Wyoming State Constitution: "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied."
That second fact is absolute. Wyoming says we all, as citizens of this state, have the right to bear arms. Not the right to get permits to bear arms. So in fact I question the legality of the concealed carry law(s). It does not sound legitimate. And if so, it should be abolished.
Laws that restrict law-abiding adult citizens' "rights" are unconstitutional. And since they are unconstitutional they carry no authority.
Criminals do not care about obtaining permits. Do you all get that? The only people affected by these types of laws are the ones that should not be affected at all. If criminals are not going to care about laws, then it is crazy to hamstring the honest law-abiding citizens of America and the state of Wyoming. Keep the playing field level. Promote a rebirth of personal responsibility. Truly educate our children about what it means to be a citizen of this country and state.
TOM LINEWEBER, Casper
I’ve known of and admired for some time this clause in the State of Wyoming Constitution.
Our new concealed carry bill passed the House today. However, it is now not as freedom restoring as it was. It was amended so that the requirements for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit are identical to carrying a concealed weapon with a permit. This includes having certified firearm instruction.
We will see how it goes in the Senate, but it looks like it will pass and not change much.