Amish Man Sues Over Photo ID Requirement to Purchase Firearm; Will He Win?

One of the most-absurd aspects of modern Democrat positions is the opposition to voter ID. While we are required to possess an ID for everything from boarding an airplane to conducting virtually any business with the government to buying a pack of smokes, the left pretends that it is somehow unreasonable to ask that citizens obtain an ID in order to maintain fair elections.

This position is even more ludicrous when juxtaposed with the fanatical liberal obsession with background checks. In order to legally obtain a gun in America, a citizen must curtsy before the later of government and humbly ask permission to exercise a fundamental human right of individual firearm ownership. This right, a bedrock principle engrained in our Constitution, is only exercisable if the citizen/subject has legal identification.

Now, one brave man is challenging this outrageous and long-overlooked tyrannical rule.

Andrew Hertzler, a devoutly religious man from an Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is suing after he was denied a gun by a licensed gun dealer who was forced to obey the law that required a photo ID.

Hertzler claims that the requirement for a photo ID violates his First Amendment (not to mention his Second Amendment) rights as the Amish forbid having their photos taken.

Oddly enough, to obtain a license to deal in firearms, no such photo ID requirement is necessary.

Hertzler first took the issue to his senator, Republican Pat Toomey, who then took the issue to the ATF. When the ATF refused to bend on the issue, Hertzler filed a lawsuit in U.S. Middle District Court and claimed that the requirement violates both his Second Amendment right to bear arms and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

“Mr. Hertzler confronts Hobson’s choice: either forego his constitutional right to keep and bear arms in defense of himself and his home, or violate his religion,” the lawsuit notes. “The exercise of one Constitutional right cannot be contingent upon the violation or waiver of another.”

Hertzler’s case emphasizes the unconscionable assaults on our liberties occurring each and every day in America. Not only is the right to bear arms treated as a revocable privilege by those who abhor freedom, but the religious sensibilities of hundreds of millions of Americans are being routinely violated as state-endorsed secularism is being pushed as the law of the land in direct contrast to the First Amendment protection of religious liberty.

Not only is it unfair to ask Mr. Hertzler to violate his religion in order to exercise his Second Amendment rights, but it is unfair to ask any American to acquiesce to government permission to own firearms.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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