ACLU: South Dakota’s Concealed Weapons Law Is Discriminatory
Because the State of South Dakota doesn’t issue concealed weapons permits to non-US Citizens, even those who are here legally, the ACLU is arguing that the law is discriminatory.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed in Sioux Falls alleges that the state’s concealed weapons law is discriminatory because it requires the permit holder to be a United States citizen.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of Wayne S. Smith, a Minnehaha County resident who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years after emigrating from the United Kingdom.
The lawsuit says he was denied a concealed weapon permit last July solely because he’s not a U.S. citizen.
I’m not sure why someone would choose to live in the United States for decades and not obtain their citizenship, but apparently Mr. Smith has his reasons. But since he has chosen not to become a citizen our state and federal government is going to discriminate against him in many different ways. Mr. Smith cannot vote. He cannot hold political office.
If the ACLU is going to argue that the the government is discriminating based on his citizenship because they will not issue him a concealed weapons permit, then is the government not also discriminating against him by not allowing him to vote under state law as well?
I suspect there’s an ulterior motive to the ACLU’s lawsuit in this case, and that it has a lot to do with illegal immigrants being allowed to do things like vote.Tags: 2nd amendment, aclu, citizenship, concealed carry, south dakota