An Amish Pennsylvania man who wants to buy a gun says the photo ID required to do so violates his religious beliefs.
Andrew Hertzler, whose Amish faith prevents him from being photographed, is suing the federal government claiming that the photo identification needed to purchase a weapon violates both his religious freedom and his constitutional right to bear arms.
Hertzler, of Lancaster County, said he tried to buy a gun in June for self-defense, but the dealer turned him down. His state-issued ID lacked a photo, and was not enough identification, according to the lawsuit.
“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,” a copy of the lawsuit suit obtained by the Washington Post read.