I'll try to take this one thing at a time. Forgive if I miss something.
No worries. All is fair and forgiven in the spirit of learning. I learn something new every day!
First if there is a will there's a way.
I could will myself to ascend to the Moon without a rocket ship for the rest of my life. Ain't gonna happen, though, as it violates the laws of physics.
And last time, if I am present I am armed. How is my business.
My oath was pretty similar both times I took it. Overriding concern is to protect and defend the COTUS against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Aye. I also took it to mean one of the best ways to preserve one's rights is to exercise them, particularly those rights like 1A which are so instrumental in defending against incursions on our other rights.
The best firearms instructor I ever had was a former U.S. Army MP who was serving as a county Sheriff's Deputy.
To the rest.
My state OC requires nothing at all. Never has. Without a state constitutional amendment never will.
Interesting. OC is built into our State Constitution.
Cc requires a permit, shall issue.
Same here. There was movement afoot in the last year or so to kill the permit requirement, but it seems to have disappeared. Can't find any reference for a status on it. Haven't looked all that hard, though, and I'll keep my permit, as permitless CC isn't accepted by any other state (at least not that I am aware).
That said the permit itself is infringement.
NICS is infringement
NFA GCA. FFls etc etc.
A right needs no permission, permit, background check etc.
What about a known mental misfit walking into a school carrying an AR-15 and a bag full of two handguns and multiple magazines for both the handguns and his AR-15? Are we going to stand back and say, "Oh, it's his right... He's reached the age of majority... We can't interfere until after he actually does something wrong...
Or are we going to use our reasonable articulable suspicion that something is NOT right and investigate further?
Case in point: Back in 2010, a young gent in Walmart walked passed me carrying a case of beer at 2:30 AM. Can't buy beer after midnight in this state, and he wasn't heading straight for the checkout counter, but rather, towards the side of the store. He also reeked of alcohol as he passed me.
I'm not law enforcement, but we citizens do have the right to keep our eyes peeled.
I did a 180 with my cart and offered to carry his case to the front in my cart. I was OC and angled it such that it was clearly visible to anyone paying attention. Despite his condition, he saw it and declined my offer, but adjusted his trajectory towards the checkout counter. Naturally, they didn't let him buy the beer, so he shuffled out, leaving the beer behind.
I was about done, so I went through the line right behind him. When I exited into the parking lot, a car with three guys pulled up. He was in the passenger seat, rolled down his window and asked if I was a cop. I said, "No," and was trip-wired to dodge to the left while drawing when he relaxed and admitted he was planning on running out with the case. I asked, "What about all the cameras?" to which he replied, "Most of them aren't active." I said, "Yes, but some are. Surely they'd have gotten your face on camera." He said, "Yeah, I guess you're right," and they rode off.
Again, what he does on his own dime is none of my business. But shoplifting costs force stores to raise prices, and paying more than I should makes it my business.
Similarly, whether it's someone walking into a school having the appearance of committing murder and mayhem, or someone breaking Constitutional laws which facilitate public security, I'm of a mind to quietly investigate within the limits of my status as a civilian in my state.
"Conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline" is an offence against military law in many countries. It has existed in military law since before the 17th century and is an important offence which functions as a catch-all to criminalize offences against military order which are not specified elsewhere.
Typically, we used it when someone is being stupid, er, "disruptive" in a way that's interfering with the mission. Nearly all formally organized and disciplined organizations, particularly those requiring the wear of a uniform, formations, and marching employ something similar.
Same goes for the civilian populace, usually falling under "disturbing the peace" or "creating a public nuisance."
But a guy hauling a case of beer towards the side of the store and a door instead of the checkout counter...
Two years earlier, a different gent was crashing our apartment's pool complex with his friends and making a nuisance of himself. We had words. Then he pushed me. That's when the fight began...
Lasted all of about three seconds, after which he and his friends left with their tales between their legs.
My point (if I can ever get to it!) is that while the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, how one may be preparing to employ their firearm is indeed restricted, and those restrictions are not infringements. "Firing within the city limits," for example, is prohibited except for a few specific situations, including at an approved firing range and in defense of self and others.
I don't like the idea of anyone being armed in an area where I as a law-abiding citizen might be required to attend (jury duty) and someone is carrying in violation of the law.
As long as one gun regulation exists there is no true RTKABA
How does "no one may fire their firearm within the city limits except at an approved firing range or in defense of self or others" violate the right to keep and bear arms?
"Keep and bear" refer to ownership or possession and carriage. It does not reference employment, except by inference. Clearly, employment to protect life, limb, and property are implied by other provisions in federal and state law. But it most certainly is not approval to employ one's firearm in any manner one desires.
The 2A forbids infringement, definition... Limit or interfere with.
Any gun regulation does one, the other or both.
The 2A forbids infringement on "the right of the people to keep (own/posses) and bear (carry) arms." It does not forbid laws which govern employment i.e. brandishing and pulling the trigger.
And thank you for serving also.
It was my honor.