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Last week I wrote about the tedious process one needs to go through in order to obtain a shotgun/rifle license in the Big Burrito. The passive aggressive bureaucratic roadblocks such as the co-habitant permission requirement, are surely a violation of the Second Amendment, but unsurprisingly, the mayors and the courts upheld them. Only crooks and criminals are allowed to fully exercize their Second Amendment rights in New York City.
But let us assume, that with the patience of Job, you do fill out all the necessary forms, get all the necessary documents, wait the four or five months, and do obtain a shotgun permit. Just when you thought you - a tax-paying, law-abiding citizen - could finally exercise your Second Amendment rights and be left alone by the Big Burrito bureaucrats, you're slammed by yet more restrictions.
First, you cannot transport your rifle or shotgun anywhere within NYC in the same bag or container as the ammunition. The firearm must be unloaded and the ammunition must be carried separately. If you are driving to or from a shooting range or a hunting area, the firearm has to be locked in the trunk of the car. And you can "NEVER [sic] leave your firearm in an unattended vehicle". So, going into a gas station to buy a cup of coffee or use the facilities would violate this provision immediately.
Even more outrageously, you cannot keep your rifle or shotgun loaded inside your own home and you have to store the ammunition separately. By following this provision, you render your firearm useless for the protection of your home.
Finally, you have to renew the shotgun/rifle permit every three years. If you do not, your firearm will be confiscated. Your NYS driver's license, on the other hand, is valid for eight years and your US passport is valid for ten. Last time I checked, there was no constitutional right that has to do with a driver's license.
"only crooks and criminals"
Mr. G., you can be sure that politicians and celebrities haven't given up their armed protection. But maybe "crooks and criminals" covers that.
In the Heller Case decided 26 June 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring a legally owned firearm to be locked up or disassembled is unconstitutional because it prevents a fundamental use for self defense. Requiring a firearm to be unloaded and ammunition to be stored seperately also prevents its use for self defense. That too is unconstitutional.
Prof. Wilson, politicians and celebrities are surely covered under "crooks and criminals". Mr. Van Sant, I agree completely with your analysis. But when did the Constitution stand in the way of liberal politicians and judges?
Eugene, whenever your permit gets close to expiry, if you don't feel compelled to go through the rigamarole again, bring your shotgun down here to the Ozarks and I'll keep it in my safe for you free of charge - no paperwork. Whenever you want to go shooting, feel free to swing by. I've got lots of uhh... coke bottles.
I think it's difficult to tell who's a statesman and who's a person of worth.
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