(A Little More) Free
Effective today, Kentuckians who are legally allowed to possess a handgun may carry that handgun concealed without a permission slip from the government. This is at once a small step…and a huge one…towards reversing the multitude of infringements on our natural right to keep and bear arms.
It is a small step precisely because we have strayed so far from the origins of this nation and the founding documents; documents which were signed at a time when the right of a free man to go armed any time and anywhere he wished was beyond question.
Now, we must have permits and background checks. There are certain weapons we are not allowed to own, and places we are not allowed to be armed at all. The selling of firearms is tightly controlled, and even certain accessories are forbidden.
I may not have a law degree, but I know what “infringed” means.
At the same time, this new law is a huge step for no other reason than its direction. The simple fact that it is a step away from infringement, and towards freedom makes it significant. In the last 100 years, nearly every piece of gun legislation enacted has squeezed us tighter and tighter, like a boa constrictor incrementally tightening its coils until the last breath leaves its victim.
Today is a day worthy of celebration, as we regain a small piece of our liberty. Tomorrow…the fight goes on.