What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
In certain cases, like carry permits and NFA items, we don't have the acknowledgement of a right
. We have a permitted privilege
, which is actually framed as a defense against prosecution.
In the case of carry outside the home, perhaps that will change with a few court rulings. In the meantime, it is treated as a crime in many places, and the only way to prove exemption is to first admit to committing a crime.
It's the same doctrine as using force in self-defense. I have to admit I shot Jimbo before I can assert that it was in self-defense.