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    For our purposes, it all comes down to the "other lawful purposes" exception. Self-defense is lawful, so it should follow that carrying for self-defense is a lawful purpose. I wonder why the appellant didn't argue that in the Murray case.

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    deanf wrote:
    For our purposes, it all comes down to the "other lawful purposes" exception. Self-defense is lawful, so it should follow that carrying for self-defense is a lawful purpose. I wonder why the appellant didn't argue that in the Murray case.
    Agreed!

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    XD45PlusP wrote: This appealant argued that the lobby was a "neutral zone" and he didn't "knowingly" carry the pistol into the facility... it was a really weak argument. I want to see him argue the lawful purposes part of the statute.

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    Actually the court even said in their opinion that he had a valid argument in assuming that the lobby was not a prohibited area. Where he went wrong was staying to argue and get belligerent. I think that the court made the wrong decision and I could see this being overturned by the SCOTUS. He should have been found guilty of the first charge regarding the confrontation and not guilty of the second IMHO.

    I would like to see the argument that legally carrying for lawful purposes is allowed, however, as another case.

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