Thursday, July 8, 2010

"May Issue" in Practice

What happens when you give the authorities 'discretion' in issuing permits and licenses?

Dorr and his son, Alexander, were denied gun permits after being engaged in extensive First Amendment activity -- protesting, passing out leaflets and writing letters to the editor -- the opinion notes...

The ruling continued, “Giving Sheriff Weber more deference than is due his elected status, the court finds that Sheriff Weber denied Paul’s application for a concealed weapons permit not because of the content of his First Amendment activity but because it was effective and agitated many members of the local community.”

We've seen it in NY, CA and elsewhere. These systems WILL be abused by the authorities, especially in favor of the rich and politically connected.

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1 comment:

Nate said...

You seem to be implying that that's not the point. :-)