Monday, May 23, 2016

“Pick on someone your own caliber.”

‘Armed queers don’t get bashed’ / LGBTQ Nation: "The Pink Pistols’ homepage states it succinctly: “We teach queers to shoot. Then we teach others that we have done so.” Their motto: “Pick on someone your own caliber.” The group, which advocates for gay Americans to carry firearms, just won a major victory on Tuesday: a federal judge in Washington halted enforcement of a portion of the city’s strict gun law, ordering Washington DC police to stop requiring residents to demonstrate they have “a good reason to fear injury,” which he ruled places “an unconstitutional burden” on citizens’ right to bear arms. 

 The Pink Pistols challenged the city’s requirement that a person who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside the home show he or she has a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or another “proper reason” for carrying the weapon. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon characterized the city’s law as an “understandable, but overly zealous, desire to restrict the right to carry in public a firearm for self-defense to the smallest possible number of law-abiding, responsible” citizens. Charles Cooper, an attorney representing the shooting group, said Tuesday he was “really gratified” by the ruling."

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