Concealed carry firearms may now be legal in Puerto Rico

This weeks landmark Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision on gay marriage may have a very interesting unintended consequence according to

First, lets talk about the decision.  SCOTUS determined that states may no longer enforce bans on same sex marriages.  That’s good.  It was about time.  Marriage is a personal choice and government should never had the right or power to determine marriage rights in the firsts place, whether black and white, gay, bi, trans or even polygamous or polyamorous.

Everyone should have the right to pursue happiness in their own way in a free country whether the rest of society likes it or not.  And yes, those who don’t like it; also have a right to say so.

The SCOTUS decision was based on Section I of the 14th Amendment to the U.S.  Constitution which reads in part:

…No state shall make or enforce any law, which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. says that means the same applies to gun rights protected by the same amendment.  Someone with a concealed carry permit in Texas, can move to Puerto Rico or any other U.S. territory and continue to exercise concealed carry rights.

Using the same “due process clause” argument as the Supreme Court just applied to gay marriage, (the authors)  concealed carry permit must now be recognized as valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. territories are often treated differently than states in many ways.  However, a recent court decision in Puerto Rico (detailed here) declared Puerto Rico’s ‘ley de armas’ unconstitutional because it violated the second amendment of the U.S. constitution.

The combination of these two decisions should automatically mandate the Commonwealth to begin issuing concealed carry permits on the island.  ‘Should’ is the operative phrase.

Before stepping out and risking life and Liberty, it might make sense to let the legal system sort this one out a little bit longer.  But it would be interesting to see someone apply for a concealed carry permit on the island and get rejected and then take it to court using this weeks decision on marriage as the reason the limit on concealed carry firearms in Puerto Rico should be overturned.

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About worleyf

Semi-retired Media Relations guy, former radio and TV reporter and legislative aide. Middle of the road Libertarian (as if that actually existed) who reviews current news items and stories, and offers an alternative point of view.
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