Is government policy needy?
There are a few states left which have “may issue” carry laws. That is, the citizen must show a “need” in order to receive permission to carry a firearm. And general self-defense doesn’t qualify.
Beyond those anti-2nd Amendment policies, we are seeing the continuation of policies by the Democratic left which seem to compel us to prove our “need” for certain types of weapons, or at least certain types of features on weapons.
They have it all backwards.
The 2nd Amendment to our Constitution, written in 1789, ratified in 1791 says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. ”
With the ratification of this amendment, the burden of proof passes to the government.
WE have a constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. “Which” arms we keep and “how” we bear them is not specified, on purpose, so now, the government will have to show a “need” to restrict or infringe on that right.
THEY will have to show that restricting a particular arm or feature of an arm meets the goals of the constitution, which are: “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” (from the preamble to the Constitution).
Where is their evidence? The so-called “assault weapons ban” passed by the Democrats under President Clinton lasted for 10 years. And the DOJ concluded that it had NO effect on crime, either for or against. That is, it didn’t achieve any of the goals the preamble to the Constitution sets out to achieve. see here
If there are to be any restrictions of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, the government is the one who has to show the “need”, not the people whose liberty is being restricted.
So, who needs an AR-15? Who cares? I don’t have to show “need”.
Can the government show that restricting, registering, or confiscating them produces a more perfect union, establishes justice, insures domestic tranquility, provides for the common defense, promotes the general welfare or secures the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity?
Spoiler alert: no they can’t.