December 01, 2005

Parchment Please

Say Uncle says that Wisconsin is on the way to getting a CCW permit law. Part of the agreement to get the support of state law enforcement was to have CCW info connected with a drivers license &/or tags so that it'd come up when they ran a license plate or drivers license. Gun owner registration in other words.

Now I could be wrong but don't criminal records come up on most cops terminals now? Wouldn't it just be so much simpler to assume that if they're not a recently released murderer that it might be none of the states' damn business if they're carrying or not?

But it seems like only absolutists such as myself see a carry permit as just another form of gun control or compromises like this to get a permission slip for what should be a right as a step further away from the goal. & that goal, in case you weren't paying attention, is an end to all prior restraint based gun control laws.

Paper or Plastic permits? No thanks. I prefer my Parchment Permit

Posted by Publicola at December 1, 2005 02:36 AM | TrackBack

Well, I live in Chicago, where we have registration without the CCW. Or concealable guns, for that matter. So the Wisconsin deal would be a step in the right direction.

Posted by: Windypundit at December 1, 2005 07:54 PM

I live in a state with shall issue carry laws and refuse to obtain a govt. permission slip. I understand the legal ramifications if I am caught carrying without one (and I do carry on a daily basis). I am however, curious, how many of us (otherwise law-abiding gun owners) also operate in this fashion? Maybe a topic for another day.

Posted by: Roland the headless thompson gunner at December 2, 2005 09:02 PM

Some states may have a setup noting someone was recently paroled/released, but I believe in most states that information does not come up when a name is run. You can get drivers license info, if they're wanted, but not that.

In fact, the information in the criminal history databases is generally considered to be protected by privacy law. For instance, an officer is not legally entitled to run you through the Interstate Identification Index, a criminal history database run by the FBI, unless it's part of an ongoing criminal investigation or subsequent to an arrest; if he does so for something like a traffic stop, he's asking to be charged with a violation of law.

Mind you, a LOT of the run people anyway, and screw the law.

Posted by: Mark at December 7, 2005 02:44 PM

Ammend that to "end and repeal all prior restraint based gun control laws", and we're in full agreement, Publicola.

Posted by: Ironbear at December 11, 2005 05:28 PM
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