The District of Columbia has dropped their appeal of a decision that sided with the Second Amendment Foundation in the Palmer vs. DC case allowing “public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home.” That essentially mandated the city adopt a conceal carry permitting structure. But even though the city has backed down, the SAF is vowing to continue to fight the city’s still highly restrictive carry laws . . .
In a press release yesterday, SAF announced their excitement and dedication.
“While we’re happy to see the city drop their appeal of our earlier victory,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, “we were eager to face them in court, as there was no possible way they could have successfully argued in favor of continuing an outright ban on carry in the District. This is one more critical Second Amendment Foundation victory for gun rights,” he added. “But we will continue to keep suing the city of Washington, D.C. over their new carry law that is still an unconstitutional infringement on our Second Amendment rights.”
The District still has a provision on it’s books forcing potential concealed carry permit holders to provide “good cause” or a “valid reason” to obtain a permit. Current law gives the police chief the discretion to accept or deny the reason provided by a citizen of the district. Only a very few permits have been approved so far.
“No public official should enjoy that kind of sway over a citizen’s right to bear arms,” Gottlieb stated. “It creates a manifestly unfair system that is wide open to abuse and favoritism, as we’ve seen in New York, Californiaand elsewhere that insiders and elitists can get permits, but average citizens are routinely given second-class consideration, or no consideration at all.”
“Our intent is to continue our battle for the right to bear arms on behalf of all the citizens, not just a privileged few.”
Unfortunately, the Palmer case is still ongoing. The SAF still has outstanding enforcement motions pending before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., who handed down the initial Palmer ruling.