Suit Challenges Kentucky Law Barring Non-Citizens From Concealed Weapons

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A British national who has lived in Kentucky for 15 years is challenging a state law than bars non-citizens from carrying concealed deadly weapons.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on Wednesday on behalf of Alexander M. Say, who contends Kentucky lawmakers should not have passed such a law last year.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville, challenges the citizenship requirement.

"The federal government controls whether foreign citizens may live in the United States and on what terms," said Jack Harrison, the attorney representing Say.

Harrison said no federal laws require U.S. citizenship for people to be licensed to purchase, carry, transport, or carry a concealed deadly weapon.

"Kentuckys law discriminates against people who are lawful permanent residents," he said.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction barring the Kentucky State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department - the two entities that would have to approve Say's license application - from enforcing the citizenship requirement.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rob Anders Location: London on Jul 23, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    To Rick in Wy.,it is a privilrdge not a right for American citizens.Not foreign nationals to keep and bear arms.The constitution was written for Americans.That is not racists in any form,it is the rights of the American people.If he wants to carry a gun he should become a citizen.I don't see why this is even an issue with everything that has happened since 9/11.What about all the British terrorista that have been arrested over the past few years.If he wants the right to keep and bear arms,he should be a true American and get his citizenship.
  • by harold Location: south carolina on Jul 23, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    i think you should be a u.s. citizer to have the right to carry a firearm . i think there sould be a limit to the amount of time you can stay in the u. s. without appling for citizenship.
  • by DJ Location: North Dakota on Jul 22, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    If you want to have all the rights and priveleges of a U.S. citizen, then you have to be a citizen of the U. S., not just a long term visitor.
  • by ray Location: arizona on Jul 22, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    if our gov. is going to allow non u.s. citizens to carry guns at all says to me that our government is traitorous!
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Jul 22, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    If you want all the rights of being an American then become one. At least KY has this protection that Virginia didn't. This may be a wonderful man but we know not all immigrants are. We have 32 dead in Virginia to prove it.
  • by cutter Location: South of East KY on Jul 22, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    British citizens are prohibited from carrying weapons. The British do no have canceled weapons permits, as a matter of fact, their police force doesn’t even carry guns. Why does this non-citizen feel he needs to arm himself ?? Over half of Kentucky's MOST-WANTED are non-citizens. Tell this (edited) to WY.
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Jul 22, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    I just wish someone would do something about how fat I am.
  • by Rick Hyatt Location: saratoga, wy on Jul 21, 2007 at 11:13 PM
    Just more racist hate for "Anybody that ain't us." Mentality. Typical for Kentucky, I now, used to live there.
  • by David Location: Texas on Jul 21, 2007 at 10:47 PM
    Apparently no one here understands that becoming a citizen isn't simply a matter of mailing in a postcard. It can take years. And years. Okay, this ONE guy has been here a long time, but the second amendment was viewed by the founding fathers as a human right, not something reserved for citizens. Resident aliens can purchase guns, they pay taxes to our government, why should they forfeit their right to defend their lives while the USCIS drags it feet?
  • by Henry Location: Lexington on Jul 21, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    Try going to Great Britton as an American and getting a CCW permit. We already have enough illegals that think they have all the rights and privlages we have.
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