US Politics Today reports that the Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit, challenging Missouri’s law that prohibits legal residents who are also non-citizens from carrying a concealed weapon.
Typically, the Constitution only applies to America. As much as we might love it if other countries adopted an extensive list of civil rights, we can’t justify enforcing our system of legal rights on people in other countries. That is, until they become a US resident.
Canadian citizen Edward F. Plastino has lived in the US primarily since 1995, and he’s been in Missouri since ’06. He’s not a US citizen at the moment, but he is a fully legal resident of Missouri.
Missouri law prohibits non-citizens from carrying concealed weapons. Alan Gottlieb, the founder and Executive Vice President of the SAF, pointed out the irony that the law creates: “Mister Plastino can legally carry a firearm openly in Missouri, but he cannot legally conceal a firearm for personal protection. That simply does not make sense.”
Gottlieb argued that immigrants who demonstrate a willingness to become good members of their communities should have the same rights and protections as citizens so that they can protect themselves against law-breakers. Sounds reasonable to us.
The tricky thing about a case like this is figuring out where to draw that determines when people should and shouldn’t be able to own a gun. Should legal residents who aren’t US citizens have gun rights? More than likely. What about people stepping into the country for the first time? That’s a bit tricky. Even staunch gun owners are likely to disagree with each other on this point. What do our readers think?