by Montgomery Blair Sibley, ©2020, blogging at Amo Probos

(Mar. 27, 2020) — I didn’t really want this fight.  When I moved to New York in 2016, I simply wanted to have my pistols for protection and work (I am licensed as a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator and am legally obligation to “take”, i.e. “kill”, animals suspected of rabies for testing.)

But then I ran into New York’s Pistol Licensing scheme and found it wanting in due process, equal protection and respect for the Second Amendment.  I wished I could just look away, but  . . . I couldn’t.  So as few can afford to challenge New York and I do know how, it was off to the races.

Now, after waiting six hundred (600) days for a decision on my Application for a pistol license, I received that decision on March 9, 2020.  In that Decision, Licensing Officer (and County Court Judge) Watches rested his sole reason for denying my Application that: “[Sibley] has failed to demonstrate good moral character.” Notably, Licensing Officer Watches did not find that I had failed to demonstrate “good cause” for such a license.

Fortunately, it is not 1820 and I don’t have to challenge Licensing Officer Watches to a duel ala Stephen Decatur to defend my Honor and Family Name as Decatur did 200 years ago almost to the day.  Instead, there is a Court system to address this slur and I look forward to vigorously pursing vindication.

To that end, I have recently filed a pleading which briefly (well, as briefly as a lawyer can) and indisputably demonstrates structural and systemic failures in New York’s pistol licensing procedures and seeks relief not only for me but system-wide reforms.  I have also asked the Court to “fish or cut bait” as my Fundamental right to self-defense in my home is at issue.

The noted jurist and High Priest of U.S. Jurisprudence, William Blackstone, said it best in 1769: “[Self-defense is] justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the laws of society.” 3 William Blackstone, Commentaries 139.  Yet, this is what New York has done to me . . . and 13 million other law-abiding New York Citizens.

Particularly now when the foundations of our civil society are being shaken, this need for self-defense is more pressing than any time in our Country’s history.

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  1. Dear Mr. Sibley,

    I feel for you, I really do.
    I have guns, but I don’t hunt, but now that you mention it, I guess I have guns not only for protection against rabid government employees and Obots in general, but actual foaming raccoons and dogs as well.
    You can reference “good cause” by referencing the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting.
    That’s good news: like killing two birds with one stone.