Attorney Cameron Atkinson of Atkinson Law, LLC has filed a motion asking a Connecticut Superior Court judge to declare Connecticut’s pistol permit law violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional. In his motion, Attorney Atkinson details the long and racially discriminatory history of firearms permitting laws as well as America’s tradition of compelling firearms possession, not making it dependent on government benevolence.
Attorney Atkinson writes: “[M]odern pistol permitting laws are impossible to square with America’s history. The right to keep and bear arms did not depend on government benevolence in the colonies and in the antebellum period. The Second Amendment still does not permit the government to condition the exercise of the right the Constitution guarantees on government benevolence….
To interpret the plain text of the Second Amendment otherwise would render it inconsistent with the other provisions of the Bill of Rights. Would Alvarez have to seek the State’s permission to voice a controversial political opinion in Bushnell Park? Would he have to seek the State’s permission to go to a Connecticut church? Affirmative answers to those questions would be ludicrous and intolerable in the face of the First Amendment’s plain text. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-35 is equally ludicrous in the face of the Second Amendment’s plain text.”
The full motion is below: