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Old March 22, 2013, 09:13 PM   #22
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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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.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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