District Court Rules DC’s Gun Law Unconstitutional

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District Court Rules DC’s Gun Law Unconstitutional

When DC’s gun law came under “fire” for its total gun ban, they lifted that and began issuing concealed carry permits…sort of.  They simply added a clause to the law that required people to “show good reason” why they needed the permit. The result was that very few people have been able to obtain one.

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DC’s gun law is once against under fire for being unconstitutional – photo via washingtontimes

New court ruling

In a Federal court ruling on Tuesday, Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the law violates the “core right of self defense.” His opinion was 46 pages long and basically dumped the arguments of the left. The ruling included an injunction on enforcement of that law pending further litigation.

The action brought by Matthew Grace and Pink Pistols contended that the “good reason” clause was unconstitutional.  In 2015, the Daily Caller reported that out of the 206 applications up to September, only 44 permits had been issued.  Judge Leon agreed.

The opinion reads in part,

“In Heller, the Supreme Court unequivocally asserted that ‘the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. The District’s understandable, but overly zealous, desire to restrict the right to carry in public a firearm for self-defense to the smallest possible number of law-abiding, responsible citizens is exactly the type of policy choice the justices had in mind. Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right.”

The Concept of Self-Defense

The bare fact is that the DC regulation which require a person to show a “special need” to prove why they need a gun permit is ludicrous. DC has literally stripped the people of Constitutional rights in the name of “safety.”

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier seemed to be sympathetic to self defense at one point when she remarked in an interview:

You can be prepared and you can have a society that is resilient and — alert and conscientious and safer…

Alas, it was only a camera op moment. And DC went right back to doing their own thing.

The 2nd Amendment specifically says “shall make NO law infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.” What part of NO law does DC not understand?

Robert Marcus, spokesman for the DC Attorney General’s office said that the ruling would be appealed, so they can “get back to enforcing our law.” We the people can only hope that even on appeal, DC will continue to lose.

 

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