The case which originates out of Springfield Mass isa very interesting read. I have quoted one part for discussionand offer my editorial opinion.
" Stern continued to attempt to verify the validity of Schubert's weapons license, but because Massachusetts lacked a centralized database containing such information, the officer soon realized that the inquiry could take a significant amount of time.
Thus, about five minutes after moving Schubert into the cruiser, Stern told Schubert that he was free to go, but that Schubert would have to retrieve his gun and gun license from the Springfield police department. The entire stop took about ten minutes. "
Must citizens accept BADGES and UNIFORMS as proof positive that the individual approaching is a REAL member of law enforcement?
Keeping this decision in mind, individuals may may now be justified in questioning the validity and authenticity of an officersbadge and uniform. If law enforcement can take a valid permit and weapon because it cannot be verified in a timely fashion, then why should we as citizens take badges and uniforms for granted?
One only has to readnewspapers and/or listen to the broadcast news to realize that there are many individuals who impersonate members of law enforcement.
I predict that it's only a matter of time before some criminal offers a defense that he shotbecause he DID NOT KNOW THE PERSON WAS AN OFFICER because he, while being confronted, didn't have the time or means necessary toverified the authenticity of the unidentified person's badge or uniform.
WHY SHOULD CITIZENS BE REQUIRED TO ACCEPT BADGES IF LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED TO ACCEPT OUR VALID GOVERNMENT PERMITS?
Where are the organizations, (NRA, ACLU, etc.)that protect our rights on this one?
This case may and shouldlead to a federal civil action to require government agencies at all levelsto maintain a readily available and accessible database of ALLREQUIRED permits to carry firearms to insure that 2nd Amendment rights are not denied.
After all, states currently maintain readily available and accessible databasesof motorvehicle information on licenses and registrations alongwith othertype permits and licenses whichDO NOT involvea constitutionally protected right.