The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 August 2005

We'll decide if you need to defend yourself

Last summer, a judge in New Jersey authorized a sea captain to carry a concealed firearm, noting that large oceangoing vessels — Salvatore Atanasio Jr. commands cruise ships off the Jersey shore — might be targeted by terrorists, and the Coast Guard might be up to an hour away.

A state appeals panel has now withdrawn the captain's permit, asserting that concern about terrorism is insufficient justification for carrying a gun:

If such were the test, then conceivably every airline flight attendant, every bus driver, every truck driver transporting hazardous materials, every person employed by or with access to potable water reservoirs or fuel storage facilities, would be legally entitled to carry concealed firearms.

"Oh, the humanity!" is the cry from Ravenwood's Universe:

If New Jersey started issuing permits to anyone that wanted one (and wasn't specifically disqualified from having one), they'd be just like Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

It may simply be that Trenton can't figure out how to extort the requisite amount of graft for something so simple as a concealed-carry permit.

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The BLOOD RED states!

Posted by: Brian J. at 2:34 PM on 2 August 2005

Yes, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington, those dyed-in-the-wool red states.

Posted by: Dan Lovejoy at 2:58 PM on 2 August 2005