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Judge Declares Open Carry Ban In DC Unconstitutional

From the Washington Post:

Federal judge declares D.C. ban on carrying handguns in public unconstitutional

By Martin Weil, Clarence Williams and Julie Zauzmer | July 27, 2014

A federal judge has declared that one of the District’s principal gun control laws is unconstitutional and ordered that its enforcement be halted. The ruling by Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., made public Saturday, orders the city to end its prohibition against carrying a pistol in public.

(For the record, Judge Scullin was originally appointed to the federal bench by President GHW Bush. He is also a judge on the FISA court.)

It was not clear what immediate effect the order would have…

There wouldn’t be a any lack of clarity from the WP if this had gone the other way.

However, Emily Miller of Fox News has subsequently tweeted: "DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state."

So it is going into effect immediately.

Alan Gura, the lawyer who represents the group challenging the ban, said Sunday that he believes the ruling to be in effect immediately. “The decision is in effect, unless and until the court stays its decision,” he said. “This is now a decision that the city is required to follow — the idea that the city can prohibit absolutely the exercise of a constitutional right for all people at all times, that was struck down. That’s just not going to fly.”

Citing studies of the number of registered gun owners who commit crimes, Gura said that he believes allowing citizens to carry handguns on the street for the purpose of self-defense will lead to a decrease in crimes…

It seems to work everywhere it is tried.

The suit against the city was filed by four named plaintiffs and the Second Amendment Foundation, which is based in Washington state.

Good for them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Judge Declares Open Carry Ban In DC Unconstitutional”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I don’t want to be the first to stroll K Street with a .45 in a holster and find out ..

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    So how many yahoos you think are out sporting their 9’s on their hip. IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE ILLITERATE: It says LEGALLY CARING A WEAPON; not one you bought out the back of an Escalade.

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