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Gottlieb: Concealed carry should not be subject to bureaucratic whim

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A 28-minute video posted today on The Gun Wire features Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb telling Hawaii Reporter editor Malia Zimmerman that this year’s mid-term elections “are going to be very important for gun rights and gun owners in this country.”

The critical contest will be to wrestle control of the U.S. Senate away from Democrats, he suggested, hopefully putting the brakes on appointments to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, who – according to Gottlieb – appears to be using gun control as a “litmus test.” So long as Democrats, led by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, control the Senate, Obama judicial appointments may sail through, thus loading the federal bench with judges who “thumb their noses” at Supreme Court rulings in Heller and McDonald.

“I do not know of one judge that the president has appointed,” Gottlieb said, “to any federal court, not just the Supreme Court but the lower courts as well that supports gun rights…It’s almost like he won’t nominate them if they don’t toe the mark for being part of the prohibition lobby, so to speak.”

During the nearly half-hour chat, which took place on the on-line “News Behind the News” show, Gottlieb – chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation – told Zimmerman that his group will continue “to push very, very hard to make every ‘may’ issue law a ‘shall’ issue law across the country.” He was alluding to the handful of states that restrict the issuance of concealed carry permits or licenses to a very tiny number of citizens. The video is also available on YouTube.

“It shouldn’t be up to some bureaucrat to tell you if you have the right or the means to defend yourself,” he observed.

SAF has filed lawsuits in several states, challenging arbitrary "may issue" permitting systems.

Gottlieb contended that anyone who passes a background check and is found to be eligible to legally own a firearm should not have to jump through a bunch of bureaucratic hoops to simply exercise the right to bear arms. Specifically, he said, “It shouldn’t be up to the whim of some local police chief or some local judge or somebody that just says well, you know, ‘You haven’t shown me a sufficient need’.”

The issue of “sufficient need” is at the heart of last week’s Ninth Circuit Court ruling that smacked down San Diego County, Calif., authorities, who have essentially placed a moratorium on issuing California carry permits. It is also the central issue in a challenge of the New Jersey licensing scheme, which is also very restrictive. A lawsuit funded by the Second Amendment Foundation known as Drake v. Jerejian, has been presented for review by the Supreme Court.

The high court could decide shortly whether to accept that case for review.

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