By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has come out in favor of constitutional carry. The idea is to restore the right to carry arms without government permission. From thestate.com:
COLUMBIA, SC — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns – concealed or in the open – without a permit or the training that the state currently requires.
Constitutional carry is currently the law in five states and is being considered in several others. No problems have been noted in those states that can be attributed to the restoration of full second amendment carry rights.
State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, the chief sponsor of the constitutional-carry proposal, says the 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to carry firearms without any government restrictions.
As usual, there are the “I support the second amendment, but” naysayers. The chief of them appears to be Senator Larry Martin R-Pickens, who is the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the constitutional carry bill is currently bottled up. He is credited with killing constitutional carry last year. Here is the money quote, emphasis added:
“Is it (carrying firearms) a right under our Constitution? Sure it is. But it’s also a huge responsibility that we as citizens should respect.”
Respect does not mean that we must allow the government to charge us fees and require us to go to classes and essentially say that we must prove that we are not criminals before we can exercise our rights. That is what is known as prior restraint.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.