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SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A New Jersey judge says a quadriplegic blocked from buying a gun to go hunting has the right to bear arms even though he will have to use a wheelchair mount to use the firearm.
Manville's police chief had rejected James Cap's application last year, citing safety concerns. The borough attorney says the safety issues could only be resolved by a judge.
A judge ruled Tuesday that the 46-year-old is eligible for a firearms ID, which is required to buy a gun. The judge addressed the safety issues by requiring Cap to have qualified people assist him with weapons.
Cap was an avid hunter as a teenager. He was paralyzed 30 years ago after breaking his neck in a high school football game. He plans to mount the gun on his wheelchair and operate it with a breathing tube.
Stranger things have happened!Could NJ be moving in the right direction.....
Why not? He certainly won't be making any 50ft shots, but if a blind person is attacked, there is no reason they can't defend himself point blank.
:scruntiny:50 - 50 chance the barrel and butt are pointing the wrong direction (backwards).
This is exactly the point! The hunting is up to him to accomplish, not to you to dismiss as impossible. He has the right to aspire to the challenge and the right to own a firearm. It is situations such as this that necessitate creativity, vision, and perseverance -- attributes that Americans have been known for -- and precisely the opposite of what you have expressed.a little bit ironic. nothing against him owning a gun or anything. i understand how he can operate a gun with a breathing tube... but, i just don't see how he is gonna hunt in a wheel chair.... then again i don't hunt or claim to know anything about it so maybe there is a way and i just don't see it...