The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 31, 2013

Letters to the Editor 3/31/13



Bruce Wilson


Sheriff and gun control

Dear Editor:

On Sunday’s front page (March 17) the sheriff blasts new proposed legislation to protect handgun owners’ rights to “keep and bear arms.”  So why is the sheriff mystified?  Because this would require him to have proof that someone is not eligible to have a concealed carry permit.  If you read the sheriff’s handbook for concealed carry you will discover the various reasons someone is not eligible: a felony offense, drunkenness, drug addiction, dishonorable discharge from the military, court adjudged mental deficiency, U.S. citizen who has renounced citizenship, alien, in the U.S. unlawfully, conviction for Gun Control Act violation, or a person who is not deemed suitable or proper by the sheriff.  Note that this requires no proof to support why a permit is denied if none of the other restrictions fit the individual.  

The proposed legislation simply requires that the sheriff have documented proof to deny a concealed carry permit. That seems reasonable. Just like a deputy needing a search warrant before he can search you or your property.  

The sheriff says  “this law will allow good folks a wide range to carry anywhere (I say this is a good thing) and allow those with mental illness, thugs, outlaws and gang members without criminal records or recent convictions wide range to carry anywhere.”  So does he really believe that thugs and outlaws will not carry concealed handguns without a permit just because it is the law?  This sounds just like Harry Reid, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.  Well, I guess that fits since he is a Democrat.  

Just add new gun control laws and we’ll all be safer. Right. Millions of law-abiding Americans carry guns every day and never shoot or threaten anyone. Criminals will carry handguns no matter what the law says.  

The sheriff’s own Pistol Permit Policy quotes the Second Amendment “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  Yet he is concerned that he will be required to show proof to deny a concealed carry permit.  So you tell me that our Limestone sheriff is a “lifelong 2nd Amendment supporter.”  I say he is just another Democrat following the lead of the president he supports.

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