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28Sep/12Off

Life goes on but the stupid accumulates

Posted by Knitebane

Prior to 1961, carrying a concealed weapon onboard a regulated U.S. air carrier was completely legal.  From then until the 1974  Antihijacking Act, openly carrying a firearm was completely legal.  Then in 1968 the Gun Control Act was passed as part of a wave of anti-gun hysteria.  Most major airlines started banning the carrying of firearms in the cabin.  Some of the regional airlines, such as Ozark Airlines, obviously did not as I have personally seen armed people disembarking planes like this:

 

I was a youngster but I remember clutching the chain link fence and watching the planes and the occasional armed man getting off of them in the late 1960's.

Note that from the Wright Brother's first flight until 1968 there were just three documented cases of hijackings in the U.S.  In 1968 that number jumped to 31.  In 1969 it jumped to 82.   But I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

In 1974 Congress got around to formally banning the carrying of weapons on board aircraft.  The number of hijackings had already decreased from the 1969 peak to between 20 and 40 per year.  That number has pretty much stayed the same since.

So instead of offering training on defensive shooting inside aircraft or arming pilots the government decided instead to provide some security theater to make the nervous nellies feel better.  And in 2001, 13 fanatics with box cutters killed 2,977 people including the 246 people on the planes who were, by law, disarmed.  The heroes on board Flight 93 had to fight back with a drink cart because their government denied them the right of self-defense with more useful weapons.

There is some good news lately.  With the rollback of many anti-gun laws in the country, places that were once banned for concealed carry are now open again.  Today you can sit in a bar or restaurant in Florida, Virginia or Pennsylvania (though you can't consume alcohol) while carrying concealed.  It's getting better for the legally armed.

But not airports and aircraft.

Which leads to stupidity like this:

 

This picture was taken by MarkofAFreeMan from the 4th floor mezzanine of the Orlando Airport Hyatt Regency while attending the Gun Rights Policy Conference. Inside the hotel and conference center concealed carry is perfectly legal per Florida law including on the mezzanines.  Now, see that blue-green-grey carpet down there?

That's the Orlando International Airport terminal.  If you're carrying concealed and your foot touches that carpet you've just committed a felony.

But you can stand up there where the picture was taken, fully armed and be completely within the law.  Somehow having armed citizens standing right above the traveling public has not caused mayhem or "blood in the streets."

So tell me, in what world does banning carry on that carpet make sense?

 

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5Mar/12Off

Another one bites the dust: Maryland edition

Posted by Knitebane

Great news from the Second Amendment Foundation:

BELLEVUE, WA – A federal court ruling in Maryland, that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home and that citizens may not be required to offer a “good and substantial reason” for obtaining a concealed carry permit, is a huge victory, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

Ruling in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan – a case brought by SAF in July 2010 on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, who was denied his carry permit renewal – the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that “The Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg noted, “In addition to self-defense, the (Second Amendment) right was also understood to allow for militia membership and hunting. To secure these rights, the Second Amendment‘s protections must extend beyond the home: neither hunting nor militia training is a household activity, and ‘self-defense has to take place wherever [a] person happens to be’.”

“This is a monumentally important decision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The federal district court has carefully spelled out the obvious, that the Second Amendment does not stop at one’s doorstep, but protects us wherever we have a right to be. Once again, SAF’s attorney in this case, Alan Gura, has won an important legal victory. He was the attorney who argued the landmark Heller case, and he represented SAF in our Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

“Equally important in Judge Legg’s ruling,” he added, “is that concealed carry statutes that are so discretionary in nature as to be arbitrary do not pass constitutional muster.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

“Judge Legg’s ruling takes a substantial step toward restoring the Second Amendment to its rightful place in the Bill of Rights, and provides gun owners with another significant victory,” Gottlieb concluded. “SAF will continue winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Soon there will one less yellow state on this map. And Illinois keeps looking more and more lonely.