The right to bear arms and the fight to freely exercise ones religion have intersected in the case of an Amish man wanting to buy a gun without the required photo ID.
According to The Washington Post, Andrew Hertzler is a devout Amish who believes that having his photograph taken violates God's law.
He's now filed a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania to fight for his right to bear arms without violating his religion. Hertzler possesses a state-issue ID without a photo.
The lawsuit reads: “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. Yet: The exercise of one Constitutional right cannot be contingent upon the violation or waiver of another.”
He believes that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 should help him win the day.
The court's decision would impact other Amish as well.
Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew points out that “A lot of the Amish hunt and they usually use squirrel or rabbit rifles to bring some food back home. Their big concern is this means they won’t be able to purchase guns or ammo.”
Do you think Hertzler should be required to have a photo ID to purchase a firearm?