By Kit Daniels
Yet officer is allowed to carry while on-duty, granting him special concession he is not afforded as a private citizen
A Pennsylvania court has declared that a state trooper who was
previously hospitalized for depression should be banned from possessing
firearms while off-duty, but should still be allowed to carry a gun
while on-duty, granting him special concession while serving the state
which he is not afforded as a private citizen.
according to Penn Live.
“The dangers inherent in the possession of firearms by the mentally
ill are manifest,” Jude Fort Elliott declared. “A present clean bill of
health is no guarantee that a relapse is not possible.”
Yet Elliott also stated that Keyes should still be allowed to have a
firearm while on-duty as a state trooper, implying that public officials
have special status over private citizens.
Keyes was serving as a state trooper when he was ordered into mental
health treatment for an alleged depressive episode which led to a
Even though his mental health provider later cleared him for duty
after successful treatment, Keyes fought an uphill legal battle to be
reinstated into law enforcement, which he finally won in 2010.
This case reveals how agents of the state, particularly police
officers, are allowed to do things that are considered unlawful for
private citizens to do.
Police officers routinely give out citations for driving while
texting yet their patrol cars are commonly equipped with laptops and
other electronic devices which these officers use while driving.
In New York and California, police officers are confiscating firearms
from peaceful Americans yet they are more than happy to receive surplus
military firepower from the Department of Homeland Security for police
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,”
George Orwell stated in his book Animal Farm, which is unfortunately an
accurate assessment of anyone wearing a government uniform.