Alllll three of ‘em, as Joe Strummer once sang.
Not long ago, I heard about an incident I want to bring to your attention. A motorist, traveling outside his state of residence, was the victim of a minor traffic accident. However, during the investigation, an officer found two handguns in his car. The motorist was arrested for carrying without a permit, a felony in that particular state.
The problem was that the motorist had a concealed-carry permit alright—but only in his home state. This man was not a criminal. He had no prior-arrest record. He simply was in a state that refused to recognize another state’s license. What that oversight meant for this gentleman was a trip to jail, very expensive legal fees and possible time in prison—and loss of his Second Amendment rights.
We spend a lot of time talking about guns and gear and even some time talking about tactics. But, I’m not sure we spend enough time discussing the various laws concerning personal defense. It is possible to be otherwise justified in defending oneself, yet still be charged with a crime for some violation of legal procedure.
For example, some states have the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. That is, if you have a legal right to be where you are, then there is no requirement to retreat before defending yourself. Other states require you to attempt to retreat, sometimes with an exception when you’re in your home, before responding to a violent attack. What do they consider a legitimate attempt to retreat?
While you may know the law in your home state, you are bound by the law, whatever it is, in the state that you are visiting. And, trust me, they are not going to be the least bit interested in how you do it back home.
That’s a fact, Jack. In Amerika v2.0, the State’s one and only interest is locking you up, first, last, and always. The Constitution itself clearly states that no State law may traduce the US Constitution—which certainly includes the 2A—rendering gun-grabber legislation in even the most Left-“liberal” of states null and void. “Shall not be abridged,” remember? Yet somehow, well, here we all are nevertheless.
What a travesty. As the bumper stickers have it: the Founders would have been shooting a loooonnnng time ago.