Nevada's concealed handgun law is obviously needlessly complicated on at least one point

If you can handle seven different concealed handguns, I have a hard time understanding why anyone would worry about him not being able to handle his other two handguns. The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes:

Gov. Jim Gibbons' 10-year-old permit to carry a concealed firearm has been in the news, of late.

The governor temporarily surrendered his permit after it was found he hadn't re-qualified with each of the nine handguns listed on his permit, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported earlier this month.

The Washoe County sheriff's office renewed the governor's permit in December, after Gov. Gibbons and a certified firearms instructor signed an application reporting he'd demonstrated competence with each of the nine weapons he's licensed to carry, the paper reported.

But the governor carried only seven guns to the range. He promised the instructor he'd come back with the remaining two weapons within a few days, but said he "got busy" and didn't return to be tested after receiving his renewed permit.

About a month later, Gov. Gibbons "realized he had not followed through on his intention to test the two weapons" and turned his permit back in to the Washoe County sheriff's office, press secretary Ben Kieckhefer said in a written statement. Gov. Gibbons then went through the proper certification and was reissued his permit.

The requirement that Nevadans "qualify" with each weapon they might carry is slightly absurd. Qualifying with one revolver and one semiautomatic pistol should suffice. That's not what's been generating the minor tempest, though.



Blogger Crimefile said...

The right to keep and bear arms is just that, a right. This Nevada baloney makes about as much sense as literacy tests for voters in the American South. The words to describe this farce are unconstitutional dumb and redundant.

4/17/2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

May I humbly draw you attention to an Editorial posted in the Review Journal today? It actually calls for less restrictions on CCW and more liberty! http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/17842339.html

4/17/2008 10:07 PM  

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