Former Police Chief: Trump should pass executive order allowing concealed carry for all during crisis


Prisons are releasing inmates.  Police are spread thin.  It’s time to enable law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families.

President Trump needs to implement the “Castle Doctrine” on a national basis so people can protect their homes and property.

We are currently in extraordinary times in this country. Not since 9/11 have we faced such a monumental crisis as a nation.

With that being said, 9/11 presented different challenges and also came at a different time in our history.

Despite a contentious presidential election the year before, which required days of recounts and ultimately a Supreme Court decision to settle, there was not near the amount of vitriol and animosity that we face today.

Three years and a few months removed from the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, we are more divided as a nation than probably any time since the Civil War.

And I do not believe I am understating that. People are clearly divided into two separate camps—you love Trump, or you hate Trump. There is no middle ground.

This makes our current response to the pandemic even more problematic.

We just endured three years of an attempt by some, both in and out of our government, officials and media alike who have spent day and night looking for ways to reverse the election of a duly elected president.

Whether or not Donald Trump received a “majority” of the votes, in our system of government, a representative republic, where the presidency is decided not by a simple majority vote but by an electoral college, this is how our system works.

Whether people believe that Donald Trump “is not my president,” the fact remains the same. He is the leader of our country.

The coronavirus, COVID-19, C-19…whatever you want to call it, is the biggest threat our nation has faced in 19 years. In 2001, we knew who the enemy was.

It was visible, we knew who and what we were up against. In our current situation, that is not the case.

It is an invisible killer that is targeting our most vulnerable; our sick, our elderly, those with weakened immune systems. And unlike September 11, this is not taking place in one or two cities…it is taking place across the country, and across the world.

We find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. Across the country, businesses have been forced to shutter their doors. From hair salons to restaurants, gyms to retail stores, businesses are being forced to close by governments that are trying to get a handle on something that is hard to get a handle on—akin to herding cats.

Hockey and basketball seasons have been interrupted, baseball has been put on hold, the Las Vegas strip is closed.

The crisis has brought out the best and worst of society. Restaurant owners who, despite having to close their doors to guests, are offering curb-side service, take out and even delivery.

Owners who have had to lay off much of their staffs, some of whom are like family and who have been loyal employees for many years. Anyone who thinks that they are not hurting is not paying attention.

We’ve seen a seven-year-old child take his life savings and put together COVID-19 packs for the elderly and provide meals for children.

Conversely, we have seen people panicking, making runs on store shelves, hoarding items such as toilet paper, paper towels, canned goods, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.

It doesn’t matter that we have been told by store management and government officials alike that the supply chain is intact and will remain that way.

A semi-trailer was stolen in North Carolina that was full of paper products. There are reports across the country where people have been held up in parking lots and had their groceries taken by force.

We are NOT a third-world country. This is NOT America. This is NOT who we are.

We have seen governors issue executive orders, demanding that citizens remain in their homes for weeks, albeit able to leave for what the government calls “important” reasons, such as grocery shopping, exercise, to put gas in their car that has nowhere to go.

In some cities, we have seen declarations of “states of emergency” where mayors and city officials are given broad powers to do pretty much anything—ban sales of alcohol, guns and ammunition, gasoline—where they are allowed to, if they deem necessary, seize personal property.

If you think that in some cases this may not end well, you are probably right.

You see, desperate people do desperate things. If people cannot get out to go to the store for whatever reason to buy what they need, if they are laid off from their job with no means of income, they are going to get desperate.

This is not the time for an overreaching government, bet it local, state or federal to start infringing on the rights of Americans.

Emergency services are going to be over-matched. Besides the fact that many of our first responders, fire, EMS and police may themselves fall victim to the coronavirus, they are going to be dealing with the fallout from the pandemic.

In the case of police officers, it is a very realistic possibility that they may not be able to respond to all calls for service, even emergencies. People will need the right to defend themselves.

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After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Florida House passed a bill called SB-290, which allowed for a 48-hour window of permit-less carry during evacuations.

This was in response to gun owners getting arrested when they took their firearms with them when fleeing their homes from the aftermath of the hurricane. They had no legal means to take their firearms with them when they evacuated.

This brings us to the so-called “Castle Doctrine.” The castle doctrine basically says that “a person is justified in the use of deadly physical force to protect one’s home and its inhabitants from intruders, without being obliged to retreat.”

There are currently 23 states which have such a doctrine in their statutes.

We currently have a situation in this country where in city after city, soft-on-crime liberal district attorneys are pushing for so-called “compassionate release” of prisoners during the current pandemic.

In addition to DA’s, social justice warrior politicians are also calling for the same thing, people like “Squad” members Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

These liberal loons are using the coronavirus as an excuse to fulfill their agenda of trying to empty our prisons of as many people as possible under the guise of “public health.” However, this is an exchange—the health of the criminals in exchange for the safety of the community.

These politicians, many who were financed by billionaire busy-body George Soros are hell bent on turning the criminal justice system upside down.

We have already seen it from San Francisco to Boston, Los Angeles to Philadelphia, where liberal DA’s are taking it upon themselves to “decriminalize” so-called “low level” crimes, from shoplifting to vandalism, minor drug offenses to assault.

At a time when criminals are being released onto the streets from our jails and prisons, this is the last time when we should be limiting or restricting the rights of people to protect themselves. SB-290 in Florida allowed for the permit-less carry of firearms.

President Trump needs to, by executive order, implement such a policy nationwide while we are under the threat of this pandemic. In addition to applying the castle doctrine to people’s homes, the president should extend it to motor vehicles during this crisis.

As people become more desperate, we are going to see an increase of crimes such as home invasions, car jackings, parking lot robberies and so on. People will need to have the ability to protect themselves. The Florida statute could be used as a basis for a nationwide order. It reads:

“An act relating to carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm; amending s. 790.01, F.S.; providing an exemption from criminal penalties for carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm when evacuating pursuant to a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency.”

The whole statute reads as follows:

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Section 1. Section 790.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:

790.01 Unlicensed carrying of concealed weapons or concealed firearms.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed weapon or electric weapon or device on or about his or her person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

             (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06 and who

              carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree,

              punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

             (3) This section does not apply to:

                   (a) A person who carries a concealed weapon, or a person who may lawfully possess a

                       firearm and who carries a concealed firearm, on or about his or her person while in the act

                       of evacuating during a mandatory evacuation order issued during a state of emergency

                       declared by the Governor pursuant to chapter 252 or declared by a local authority pursuant

                       to chapter 870.

                       (b) A person who carries for purposes of lawful self-defense, in a concealed manner:

A self-defense chemical spray.

   A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or

                             device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

              (4)   This section does not preclude any prosecution for the use of an electric weapon or device,

                       a dart-firing stun gun, or a self-defense chemical spray during the commission of any

                       criminal offense under s. 790.07, s. 790.10, s. 790.23, or s. 790.235, or for any other

                       criminal offense.

Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.

People need to be able to protect themselves because police may not be able to do so. We’ve already seen criminals attempting to take advantage of the current situation through door-to-door, telephone and internet scams.

When they get desperate, we will see an explosion in the crime rate, especially when we have a criminal justice system that is first of all refusing to prosecute criminals, and secondly when they are cutting the ones who are in prison loose short of them fulfilling their sentences, under the guise of “public health.”

Add to that an overmatched law enforcement community and it is the perfect storm.

The government is doing a disservice if they don’t permit people to protect themselves, their property, and their families. Hopefully someone gets in the president’s ear and convinces him to act—and soon.

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