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Topic - John Drake
MILLER: Pressure for Supreme Court to take up Drake case and rule on concealed carry laws for nation
John Drake just wants to legally carry a gun to defend himself in New Jersey since he has been chased by robbers after refilling ATMs with thousands of dollars in cash. His application for a concealed carry permit was denied because the state does not consider self-defense a "justifiable need."
Mr. Drake said that public awareness of this case really took off about two weeks ago when the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of Drake v. Jerejian.
"Look, I could get rid of the machines or move to Pennsylvania. But it ain't right that we have to prove a need," he explained. "States can change speed limits or taxes, but there are certain inalienable rights in the amendments that should not be abridged. It should be the same rule everywhere in the country."