Thursday, June 05, 2008

Van Hollen Pushes

This will get the Lefties' heads to explode.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for the first time issued a state permit Wednesday allowing a retired investigator to carry a concealed firearm

And the usual suspects disagree:

Among those declining to issue the permits are the Capitol Police, State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Bureau and University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department.

Van Hollen issued under Federal law and believes he has the right to do so under that law.

Some of us contend that the Federal law is a "more equal than YOU" sorta thing--meaning that there is a right to self-defense which inheres to ALL citizens, given the usual conditions, which happen to be referenced in the Federal legislation:

Under the 2004 federal law, police agencies can permit former officers to carry concealed firearms if they retired in good standing, worked as an officer for 15 years or more, have met state firearms training standards within the past year, and are not otherwise barred from possessing a firearm under federal law.

This should be fun to watch.

UPDATE: Wiggy, an adroit observer and thinker, opines:

It would be interesting if Dane County suddenly decided to get into a fight with Van Hollen over this, especially with the addition of Gableman to the Supreme Court

Wigderson understands that Wisconsin's 25th Amendment voids Wisconsin's prohibition of concealed carry.

Let's hope that Blanchard and Mrs. Bock get all law-suity about this...

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