My first reaction to this story was, “Unbelievable.”
My second reaction was that, sadly, it is entirely believable.
With a shocking altercation between Philadelphia police and a 25-year-old IT worker putting the spotlight back on open-carry gun laws, local authorities are warning gun owners that they will be “inconvenienced” if they carry unconcealed handguns in the city.
Lt. Raymond Evers, a spokesman for the city police, told FoxNews.com that gun owners who open carry, which is legal in the city, may be asked to lay on the ground until officers feel safe while they check permits.
Let’s be clear here. Regardless of how you feel about guns, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that gun ownership is a right protected by the Constitution. Under Pennsylvania law, it is perfectly legal to open carry. So Lt. Evers is openly, publicly, and without any apparent shame promising that if gun owners exercise their constitutional rights in Philadelphia in a manner that is well within the confines of the law, they can expect a violent confrontation with police.
As I explained in my post on Philadelphia DA R. Seth Williams, this is a knowing, premeditated, intentional violation of the constitutional rights of people who live in or visit Philadelphia.
So where is the Justice Department?