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Judge Rules Quadriplegic Can Bear Arms

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the phantom-gun-syndrome dept.

Idle 15

A judge has ruled that 46-year-old quadriplegic James Cap has the right to bear arms even though he is, "physically unable to hold a gun or pull a trigger." Cap was an avid hunter until a spinal injury sustained in a college football game left him wheelchair bound. He applied for a gun permit in May 2007 and was turned down by the Manville, New Jersey police because he "couldn't’t control, load or unload a firearm himself." James is now looking for a suitable weapon to use in the upcoming deer season.

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Um... (1)

hatemonger (1671340) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091094)

I'm torn as to whether a gun mounted on a wheelchair is awesome or pathetic.

Re:Um... (2, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091282)

It's awesome! It's the modern remake of Rat Patrol! Guns on vehicles become guns on Rascal scooters!

Quadriplegic Mailmen? (1)

lnlypaladin (617060) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092448)

I imagine he could commission someone to hook up an air tube with a pressure sensor to a trigger pulling actuator. Then he could go for target practice, provided he has a similar device made for aiming the weapon. I imagine it would be difficult to use a scope, though...

Re:Quadriplegic Mailmen? (1)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 4 years ago | (#30099924)

I imagine it would be difficult to use a scope, though...

Don't worry, he will no-scope it.

Re:Um... (1)

mollog (841386) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092698)

It's troubling. Let's hope this does not catch on.

I'm sympathetic, but, really, is this a good idea? And it's hard for me to imagine how he's going to stalk a deer in that chair. I'm going to assume that they have a salt lick and are baiting the deer to a location where he can shoot it.

Re:Um... (2, Insightful)

techess (1322623) | more than 4 years ago | (#30093784)

I live in one of the 4 states where you can hunt and be legally blind. (They must be accompanied by someone who can see).,1607,7-153-10366_41825_51108-197553--,00.html []

This doesn't scare me nearly as much. I'm guessing you are correct and he'll be hunting from a blind, but at least he isn't blind.

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106596)

Why is this "troubling"? Many able bodied hunters use camouflage, tree seats, blinds, etc to wait for their prey. This fella is just more disadvantaged than most hunters.

Just because you can't understand how he would be able to hunt successfully and stay within legal and ethical boundaries does not mean that enabling the disabled to pursue a legal blood sport is somehow wrong.

"Catch on"??? Give me a break. So you think that now one quad is hunting then every quad will want to hunt? What kind of asinine remark is that?

What is "troubling" is the attitude that this guy should just accept his situation and not push the envelope.

He's going deer hunting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091752)

But a bear is going to hunt him.

Re:He's going deer hunting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30113910)

He'll be a sitting duck.

Thatz How He B Rollin! (1)

stairs_and_flowers (1091837) | more than 4 years ago | (#30094624)

Playtimes over I got a job to do, and the world will be less crowded by the time I'm through, and I'll keep rolling while bullets fly, cause all my shootings be drivebys. -mchawking (mp3) (WORDs)

Insane (0)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30094862)

Subject says it all.

Been there, seen that (2, Insightful)

mcohrs (1044844) | more than 4 years ago | (#30112176)

The folks at the Wyoming Assistive Technology Project, WYNOT, now called WIND (, had a number of modified weapons for people with disabilities. Contact them for more information. I also saw a handgun online designed for people who did not have the strength to pull a regular trigger or hold a regular pistol.

Re:Been there, seen that (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#30115994)

I also saw a handgun online designed for people who did not have the strength to pull a regular trigger or hold a regular pistol.

Wicked! I've been scratching my head wondering what to get my toddler for Christmas. Thanks for the tip!

Re:Been there, seen that (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 4 years ago | (#30120052)

When I took my first archery training, there was a whole section regarding addressing such problems. On occasion, I've had to improvise. On multiple occasions, I've duct-taped bows to forearm casts. From others, I've heard stories of shooters with missing thumbs, wheelchairs, one arm, and even a shooter whose only mobility was his jaw. There is absolutely no reason why anyone not in a coma cannot use a firearm. The Manville police appear to be idiots.

Sneeze (1)

SJester (1676058) | more than 4 years ago | (#30116676)

I hope he doesn't sneeze into that air tube and nail a toddler. Or is he going to have a trained bloodthirsty attack monkey to pull the trigger?
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