Delaware considers plan to make concealed weapons easier to carry.
For Wilmington lawyer John J. Thompson, the question of whether Delaware should make it easier for law-abiding residents to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun is a simple one.
“You ought to be able to defend your life and the life of your loved ones. I think that’s a basic human right,” said Thompson, who holds a concealed-carry permit and is president of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association.
For the Rev. Derrick Johnson, who works to bring peace to some of Wilmington’s meanest streets, the issue is equally basic.
“I know too well, being from the ghetto, being a person who was dumb enough to steal and carry a gun and foolish enough to use it, I know full well that good citizens in the heat of passion can use a gun,” Johnson said.
Both points of view seem certain to get a full airing soon in Legislative Hall because the sportsmen’s association is mounting a legislative push to change Delaware’s law to make it easier to get a concealed handgun permit.
Right now, the law requires a person to demonstrate a compelling need for such a permit and convince a Superior Court judge to issue it.
Under a proposed bill, which has not yet been introduced, the judge “shall issue” the permit if the applicant meets a defined set of requirements and no grounds are presented for denying it. The legislation would bring Delaware in line with the 34 other states that have “shall-issue” permit systems.
The proposal, which is also backed by the National Rifle Association, is expected to rekindle a debate that flared in Delaware a decade ago. At that time, stiff opposition from then-Gov. Tom Carper and the Delaware Police Chiefs Council was enough to bury the bill.
It tells you a lot about a Politician when you look at his stand on the Second Admendment. If he belives that the Citizens are Independant and Responsible members of Society or that they are rabble that need to be guided, supervised and ruled over.
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