Pistol Permit Restrictions Being Eyed

A St. Lawrence County Judge is being criticized because of the restrictions some say he places on many citizens who hold pistol permits… restrictions, according to many, which may violate Second Amendment rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Ed Histed has more…

((On Monday, county lawmakers heard complaints from people who say they have applied for and recieved pistol permits from Judge Jerome J. Richards. The complaints are because most of the concealed pistol permits issued by the judge, restrict the permit holder to carrying the weapon only during outdoor sporting activities, like hunting and target shooting. The permit holders say the restrictions placed on their permits by Judge Richards prevents them from carrying their pistols when they may actually need them to protect themselves or their family memebers. They cite possible violations of the Second Amendment, which provides citizens with the right to keep and bear arms, saying that they have passed the background checks, yet still have the restrictions imposed on them. On Tuesday however, Judge Richards said he is simply following regulations as per state law that require those applying for pistol permits to show “proper cause” in order to receive an unrestricted pistol permit rather than a restricted permit. Meanwhile, many of those who object to the judge’s interpretation of that law, say they can simply drive to another county, where another judge views the law differently, to get an unrestricted permit. They say they want to see the law changed so that the discretion of issuing either a restricted or non-restricted permit is not left up to the individual county judge, but rather more tightly defined by the law.))