Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cheers, Yes; But Nonetheless a Bad Sign

A federal judge last week struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland requirement that its residents show  a "good and substantial reason" to obtain a permit to carry a handgun.

The ruling contained this admirably clear and direct bit of common sense:
A citizen may not be required to offer
"a good and substantial reason" why
he should  be permitted to exercise his rights.

 The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.

That the ruling was even necessary, that it was cheered by those who support the Constitution, and that the state plans to appeal show how far broadly the statist mindset is abroad in the land, and how far into the statist rathole the country has sunk.

A full news report on the ruling can be seen here.  

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