Van Canna wrote:
Well, one way to handle those red towns might be to bring suit against the chief and the town as it was done by a friend of mine in Sharon.
Expensive but worth it for him out of principle. Also it cost the town big $ to hire a defense counsel for the town/chief.
I attended the hearing before the judge.
Judge ruled in favor of my friend citing the constitution...thus creating a precedence...Goal was very happy.
How do you see this victory impacting on future applicants?
Will licenses still be denied by the chief?
The feedback that I've
heard is that many Chiefs who are being challenged on such denials are changing their tactics. What I've heard is that they're starting to issue LTCs, but are trying to issue Class "B" and/or are severely limiting/restricting them... such as "for sport and target use only". I was told also that the current LTCs don't have the place for restrictions as the old ones did. I just went through a renewal, but haven't gotten the new license yet, so I don't know what the differences are... yet. To be honest, I haven't kept up on those recent changes as completely as I probably should be. (I have my reasons...) Supposedly GOAL was instrumental in getting those changes through. Regardless, many of the anti-gun Chiefs have stopped denying outright, but are using restrictions or other tactics to get their way. The courts have thrown out cases saying that having a restriction is not
a denial of 2nd A rights, so too bad.
On a related note, I have a friend who lives in the Southwest. He's part of a pro-gun group there and they have a monthly meeting. They meet in a large secondary room of a place that is posted "No Guns Allowed" as that State allows private establishments to do. So... my friend, who always carries, says to some of the folks that he's kind of shocked at having to disarm to come to a pro-gun meeting and why don't they have the meeting somewhere else? After plenty of chuckles, he's told, "Free people don't ask permission to exercise an inalienable right." He's also told that place has good food and the best meeting space to fit their large group. Finally, someone says to him, "You know it's called 'Concealed Carry' for a reason... right?"