New, York, NY—It was an act of negligence to carry a Glock handgun without a holster. You see the Glock has a safety mechanism that is unreliable without a holster. As a result football star Plaxico Burress was injured when the gun slid down his pants leg and fired while he was in a night club.
New York where it happened and New Jersey where Burress lives pride themselves on their laws that violate the Constitutional rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. Today, Burress faces from 3 ½ to 15 years in prison for carrying a gun without a permit they would never issue to him in the first place. In addition Burress could lose his financially rewarding football career.
The Heller decision from the Supreme Court did not address the right to bear arms because the issue under review was about the narrow matter of handgun ban that prevented people from keeping a gun in their home. The court upheld the Second Amendment as an individual right to keep arms. Logic assumes if the issue in Heller involved bearing arms the court would have considered that constitutionally protected activity too.
I can only assume that Burress had no criminal history and had no intentions beyond carrying a handgun for simple self-protection. If that’s the case gun owners everywhere need to support this citizen from an egregious civil rights violation.