A letter in the Tennessean wants to know why I support constitutional carry.
Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, says, “If you are a legal, law-abiding citizen, you have a constitutional right to carry a gun.” Well, senator, if you are a legal, law-abiding citizen, why would you object to going through the legal process of obtaining a handgun permit?
You want to know why? I'll tell you.
Mostly it comes down to the second amendment.
"the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"
The Supreme courts Heller decision made clear gun ownership is an individual right.
To me, having testing, having to pay, etc, for an individual freedom is an infringement. Just as if I were to say "Before you can speak your point of view you have to go through a background check, You have to be finger printed, you have to pay for, take and pass a course on speech, you have to pass a test to make sure what you say is not going to be misunderstood, then you have to pay the state money. then, possibly you can speak your thoughts."
Sound like your freedom to free speech would be infringed? Would you stand for those sorts of state regulations on free speech? I don't see why not since I am sure you would probably agree the pen is mightier then the sword.