As both a gun rights advocate and a paraplegic, this story warms my heart.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. — A quadriplegic in New Jersey has the right to bear arms even though he can’t hold a gun or pull a trigger.Granted, he's not going to be resisting tyranny, or even fending off criminals with more modest predatory goals, so this has little to do with the purpose of the Second Amendment. Still, to deny him the exercise of a fundamental human right, because of his disability, is pure evil, and the petty tyrant of a police chief should be sued into penury for it.
A judge ruled Tuesday that James Cap is eligible for a firearms ID, which is required to buy a gun.
Manville’s police chief had rejected the 46-year-old’s application last year.
Cap says he was an avid hunter as a teenager before he was paralyzed after breaking his neck in a high school football game 30 years ago.
Cap says he’ll put the gun in a special wheelchair mount and operate it with a special breathing tube so he can hunt again.
The judge ruled Cap can have the permit only if his guns are stored in a safe and qualified people assist him with the weapons.
The judge, with his conditions imposed on the firearms permit, is only slightly better.
The final lesson of this is that a requirement for a permit to exercise one's fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms is a guarantee of abuse of government power.