Tuesday, December 11, 2007

63 year old lady thrown in jail for bearing a weapon

I bet the citizens of Florida slept easier this past Sunday night knowing that a 63 year old senior citizen was safely behind bars. Mary Ann Richardson, a US Citizen & a resident of Pennsylvania, was thrown in Jail in Florida while she was visiting there as a tourist. What was her crime? Bearing concealed weapons (a small handgun, a pocket knife, and a pair of scissors) without a CCW permit. She is currently out on $2,000 bail while she awaits her trial.

Wait, what about the 2nd Amendment. Does it not include "the right of the people to keep & bear arms shall not be infringed?"

I guess that particular constitutionally protected right doesn't apply to 63 year old senior citizens who bear arms to protect themselves from actual dangerous criminals but neglect to apply for a CCW permit.

To be fair to Florida, it is not the only State that requires a permit to bear a concealed weapon, and at least Florida does recognize CCW permits from other states, in addition to allowing residents from other States to apply for one if they wish. In that sense Florida is far ahead of States like California & Oregon which do not recognize CCW permits from US citizens visiting from any other state. Florida is light years ahead of States like Wisconsin & Illionios that not only don't recognize CCW permits from other states nor the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but those States are the only two that don't even issue CCW permits to their very own residents, not even to "well connected" residents like the "May Issue" States often do.

There are only 2 States that recognize the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms in its full glory - Alaska & Vermont - both of which fully recognize the right of individual US Citizens to keep & bear arms without any special State issued government permission in the form of a CCW permit. Now that is true freedom. Truly a good model for all States to follow. The only requirement in Alaska & Vermont is that you may not have a weapon while committing a felony which seems fair enough to me. I mean, it's already illegal to commit a felony, so it does not concern me at all that they also decided that it is illegal to commit a felony while bearing a weapon whether that weapon be a gun or a baseball bat. I would even go one step further and say that it should also be considered a crime to commit a felony while wearing a baseball cap. Felons should get an extra 10 years for that. Anything to keep the felons off the streets & guns in the hands of citizens who wish to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights makes me happy.

Update: There are some excellent comments relating to this story on keepandbeararms.


Anonymous said...

This is the end result of a cowardly, gay-wad culture. MOST of those "guilty" people from whom the Feds have stolen guns are not felons, but misdemeanants who were unconstitutionally subjected to ex post facto laws, and the US Attorney General KNOWS it. Many wives ACCUSE their husbands of "Spouse Abuse" as a divorce tactic, and thus deprive them of their gun rights without trial or appeal. As a Jewess in the US, I say we must all put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!

Dustin said...

Well said Wendy. I agree 100%.

Why are we putting good citizens like this nice lady in jail for breaking unconstitutional laws such as the law in Florida & many other states that ban the bearing of weapons when we are letting thousands of hard core criminals back out on the street early on parole just to save space in our jails? Makes zero sense.

Anonymous said...

This persons constitutional rights have been violated,where are the lawyers and the Justice Department?

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