By Dean Weingarten
What is a little unusual about this poll is that it directly connects the recent Supreme Court decision not to hear the Drake case from New Jersey, that was all about being able to carry a weapon outside of the home, to the poll.
What is nasty about the New Jersey decision is U.S. District Judge William Walls simply claiming that:
“The risks associated with a judicial error in discouraging regulation of firearms carried in public are too great,” Walls concluded.
Without any evidence that it is so. In the 40+ states that have shall issue permits, there is no evidence to support what he says, and considerable evidence to conclude otherwise. Here is the question on the poll and the responses:
Should N.J. gun owners be allowed to carry in public without having to show urgent need?
- Yes. 82.06% 4,168
- No. 17.44% 886
- I don’t know. .49% 25
One of the commenters at the article makes an interesting point. They say that NJ.com has run this poll before, and always comes up with over 80% in favor of Second Amendment rights. It falls in the range of what is commonly seen. Of those who care enough to answer an online poll, Second Amendment supporters are between three and ten times as numerous as Second Amendment detractors.
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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.