As I said at comment #45
As I have said in a number of earlier threads, I'm on the side of "There should be no prior restraints on ANY constitutional Right -- including the RKBA and to defend yourself with a firearm. NO constitutionally protected rights should even require training or proficiency test to exercise -- IMHO.No IQ, literacy, proficient etc test to vote.
No IQ, literacy, proficient etc test needed to carry!
Come on Constitutional carry.
I do agree that training should be encouraged. I think a prudent person should train the same way that I think a prudent person should be knowledgeable of politics and the background of candidates before voting. I think a prudent person should train the same way that I think a prudent person should be knowledgeable the facts before writing an newspaper LTE, story or editorial.
However, I don't think it is the role of the state to test us or dictate the training required to vote, write, or carry.
Apply all these pro-required-training or pro-required-proficiency test to any other constitutionally protected rights and it becomes clear why they don't fly.
Government designed/required training or a government designed/required proficiency-test to exercise religion? Yeah, Right!!
Government designed/required training or government designed/required proficiency-test to exercise the right of (free???) speech? Yeah, Right!!
Government designed/required training or government designed/required proficiency-test to exercise the right of a (free???) press? Yeah, Right!!
It is not the government's job to keep us from being stupid or uninformed about our religious choices or political choices. It is not the government's job keep us from showing how stupid or uninformed we might be in our speech or writing. The potential for harm to others from mistakes in the exercise of those rights exist (and IMHO exceeds) the potential for harm in 2A.
All the arguments for restrictions on carry (e.g., “may issue”, OKs from the chief LEO, prior training, proficiency testing, checking more frequently to see if a person is still fit to carry a weapon) are exactly the same as those that the hoplophobic use for restricting carry in the crazy patchwork quilt of hurdles to be cleared before exercising and to continue the exercise of our RKBA.
However, there is no evidence that there is any higher rate of gun related problems in those States with little or no such draconian nonsense, as there is in those States with draconian restrictions on the 2A.