Stossel: The Right to Bear Arms

Stossel: The Right to Bear Arms

Columnist Would carrying a gun make you feel safer? Robert Nash and Brandon Koch thought so. But the state of New York denied them gun permits, saying they hadn’t demonstrated a "special need." Why did they have to prove such a "need"? The Supreme Court ruled more than 10 years ago all Americans have a right to keep and bear arms, no matter where they live. "Many other courts have thumbed their nose at that Supreme Court ruling," Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation tells me. He’s excited the Supreme Court will soon rule on Nash and Koch’s lawsuit over New York’s law. More: John Stossel: Capitalism makes us better off I understand Nash and Koch’s frustration. I once tried to get a carry permit in New York. First, I had to read 60 pages of instructions about irrelevant things like "metal knuckle knives" and "kung fu stars," fill out a confusing 17-page form, get it notarized and then go in-person to police headquarters. There they fingerprinted me, demanded reasons why I should be allowed to have a gun and charged me $430. I heard nothing from them for half a year. Then they wrote me saying my application was "denied." I called to ask if I could appeal. They said I could try again if I could prove that "special need" to carry a gun. After years of confronting crooks on TV, I actually do have a special need for self-protection. I showed the cops threats on […]

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