|Legal Carry in D.C., However Briefly|
In July, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on the carry of weapons outside the home for self defense was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. For a brief few days, the right to keep and bear arms was respected in the District of Columbia. The judge then granted a stay until October 22, for the District to pass a new law that would meet constitutional requirements. The D.C. government passed a new law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, one that Alan Gura, counsel for the plaintiffs, characterized as a “practical destruction of the right to bear arms” . . .
The law gives the police chief power to reject and restrict any applicant’s ability to carry outside the home for self defense. Gura challenged the new legislation, but Judge Scullin has yet to make a decision on it. When the District asked that Judge Scullin reconsider his ruling, he suggested that the government attorneys had not read his original decision, a rather strong rebuff.
Now the District has decided to appeal the original ruling overturning the the concealed carry ban to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. This is the same court that Harry Reid recently used the “nuclear option” to pack with Obama appointees. It shall be very interesting to see how that court rules, and to see how Judge Scullin rules on the D.C. government’s attempt to create a de facto bureaucratic ban on carrying outside the home to take the place of the outright ban. Stay tuned.
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