Bear 45/70 wrote:
All your CPL does is exempt you from Washington's 5 day waiting period, if the dealer wants too. Oh yeah, it lets you carry concealed too. Isn't that an infringement on your right to keep and bear arms?
Not really, considering you don't need a license to carry openly in Washington. now if the law said you needed a license to carry, regardless of the manner in which you are carrying, then
you'd have a case that your right to bear arms in defense of yourself (as codified in the state constitution) is being impaired.
And your rights under the 2nd Amendment and Article I, Section 24, strictly speaking, cover the keeping and bearing of arms; they don't say anything about the acquiring of firearms. Obviously, it logically follows that if have the right to keep firearms, you have the right acquire them, but my point is that there's nothing in either constitution to prohibit the government from imposing a delay in acquiring them.
And I do have to side with heresolong
in conceding that rights are, indeed, not absolute. That is, I think it's acceptable, for instance, to impose a legal restriction that prohibits someone from owning firearms when that person has demonstrated a tendency in the past to use firearms for unlawful purposes (such as armed robbery, assault, and/or homicide). So if we take it as read for the moment (I'll allow that you might disagree on this point, Bear, but bear with me, no pun intended) that it's acceptable to prohibit people who have been convicted of a violent felony offense to own firearms, we've established that a limit even on constitutional rights. The question then remains where
that limit lies.