The John Adams Society

Theodore O. Olsen

Chairman

Christopher T. Wolff

Secretary

G. Larry Colson Jr.

Chief Whip

Katey Haflund

Chancellor

DECEMBER 2015

“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie”

-Vladimir Lenin

THERE IS NO uniform carry procedure for firearms that applies in all fifty states.  A citizen wishing to exercise his right to carry in states other than the one in which he is licensed risks serious legal trouble if he is not intimately familiar with the carry laws in that jurisdiction.  Resources are numerous, but the standards by which one are measured vary wildly, and can trip up even the most diligent of researchers.  In many states, the mood of the county Sheriff the day your permit application arrives can be the difference between the granting of a legal permit and the wholesale usurpation of the applicant’s constitutional rights.

The very existence of the 2nd Amendment should be a de-facto national carry permit, yet most States now erect barriers in the form of background checks, fees, classes and seemingly endless bureaucratic red tape before otherwise law-abiding citizens are “granted” their inherent constitutional right to carry.  The Supreme Court, struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), ruling that the 2nd amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation”.   Now is the time to enact clear, consistent rules nationwide to protect the right of Americans to carry firearms for self-defense.

ON THE OTHER HAND, the federal government is already too heavily involved in the affairs of the several States.  The 10th Amendment reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively”, which clearly prohibits the federal government from enacting such rules, notwithstanding the unconstitutional level of “involvement” that is already exhibited by our elected lords and masters.  The federal government has proven itself remarkably inept at setting national policies regarding healthcare and education; what proof is there that a federal carry policy will be any different?  Minnesota, in contrast to its normal liberal lean, has a remarkably good carry law.  The concept of relinquishing that law to one written by east coast liberal politicians who don’t even wave when they fly over fly-over land is inconceivable.

THE CHAIRMAN, who may be packing a 45, has called a debate to settle the question. 

RESOLVED: All I want for Christmas is my federal concealed carry permit.

The Debate will be held on December 16, 2015, at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o’clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. There is no dress code, however gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies are encourage to adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand several remarkable selections. Questions regarding debate caucus procedures of about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (651) 269-1890 or the Secretary at (651) 494-9008.