PHOTO OF CHARLESTOWN POLICE CHIEF JEFFREY ALLEN’S SWEARING-IN REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF PROGRESSIVE-CHARLESTOWN.ORG.
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Come July second I’ll point my truck to Texas and hit the road. I’ll be leaving behind the state of my birth. The state where I grew up. The state to which I returned to start a new life, after twenty years abroad. The state upon whose waters I spread the ashes of my father. I have no regrets. If I did they were recently obliterated by an article at providencejournal.com: R.I. lawmakers debate bills that would modify system for concealed-weapons permits. To make a long story short . . .
The Attorney General wants to eliminate the ability of cities and towns to issue concealed carry permits. The RI Supreme Court mandated obligation of cities and towns to issue concealed carry permits. RI AG Peter Kilmartin’s bill would turn The Ocean State from a “shall issue” state to a “may issue” state. And the police are with him all the way.
The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association is united behind legislation submitted by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin that would have his office take over permitting and keep the seven-day waiting period [which doesn’t apply to residents who hold a city or town-issued permit].
The Providence Journal spoke with more than half of the 38 police chiefs in Rhode Island, all of whom echoed Carlone’s sentiments.
Again, local cops have to show just cause why they shouldn’t give a permit to a law-abiding Rhode Islander. As you’d expect in a slave state, the po-po are doing everything they can to subvert the law. Forcing residents to prove need. Or, in this case, showing unconcealed contempt for the “shall issue” law by simply, publicly, unapologetically ignoring it.
Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen, who denied a permit because he wasn’t satisfied with the interview. “I don’t care if it says ‘shall,’ ” Allen said. “I’m not going to give a permit to every single person. The person must be fit. It’s incumbent on us to ask those questions. We’re not going to take it at face value.”
This man, a public servant on a $62k salary (plus pension, health care and a lifetime gun permit), swore an oath to defend the Constitution. See? There’s a photo of the big moment right there at the top of this post. Well there was until the editor of progressive-charlestown.org demanded I remove it “because I don’t agree with what you’re doing.” And while you’re contemplating that consider this: Article I, § 22 of the Rhode Island constitution, enacted in 1842, read as follows:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
What part of that’s unclear to Chief Allen? Or his fellow police chiefs? Or the Attorney General? Or politicians? All of whom also swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
Never mind. Here’s what really grinds my gears: the residents who put up with it. The citizens who have to jump over ridiculous paperwork hurdles, take a meaningless target test, pay big money ($250 for a Providence permit), personally plead for their permit, and wait longer than the legally specified time period to receive it. If they do.
And the most revolting part? I was one of those people. Needless to say, the process made me feel dirty. I will never, ever forget the words of the Providence Detective who interviewed me about my reasons for wanting a permit. “Other than the Second Amendment, why do you want to carry a gun?”
When it comes to gun rights, Rhode Island is a lost cause. And even if it isn’t I don’t have the time or energy to fight the State’s statists’ desire to disarm the electorate. I’d rather continue the larger battle from somewhere where a man can be . . . free. Politically, economically and socially.
I know no place is safe from the gun grabbers. But it’s time to find a place where a man is free to defend himself, his family, his community and his values. Oh, and note to fellow Rhode Islanders who have the ability to escape Rhode Island’s One Party stranglehold: when the Jews leave it’s time to go.