Quote of the day—Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney

There is no economic sliding scale for the right to engage in constitutionally protected activities. The richest and poorest among us, as well as those individuals in-between, all have the same rights under the constitution. We hold that, as the ordinance could apply to virtually any pair or group of people engaged in a common activity, the ordinance is overly broad.

Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney
Tennessee Court of Appeal
Street preacher wins battle against Maryville permit ordinance
June 19, 2012
[This was in regards to $50 permit being required by the city of Maryville Tennessee in order to exercise your First Amendment rights in public.

Via Say Uncle who asks, “So, we should get rid of the fees associated with getting a permit to carry a firearm?”—Joe]

1 thought on “Quote of the day—Appellate Judge D. Michael Swiney

  1. “So, we should get rid of the fees associated with getting a permit to carry a firearm?”

    Absolutely! It’s the permit process is same thing as a poll tax, and is imposed for much the same reason. Eliminate the permit concept altogether. A right, by definition, means you do NOT need permission from some overlord to exercise it.

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