The U.S. Court of Appeals to the District of Columbia struck down D.C.’s “good reason” requirement for concealed carry permits. D.C.’s strict anti-gun law is now ruled unconstitutional. Now, a permanent injunction has been issued!
D.C., has the most restrictive gun laws in America, which is why their laws were taken to the Supreme Court in the Heller case. This is a massive new victory for liberty and 2nd Amendment advocates.
As Fox News reports:
D.C. requires gun owners to have a “good reason” to obtain a concealed carry permit.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the regulation as too restrictive in a 2-1 decision, The Washington Post reported.
“The good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs,” Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote, according to the paper.
“Bans on the ability of most citizens to exercise an enumerated right would have to flunk any judicial test.”
Judge Stephen F. Williams joined Griffith in the decision.
As John R. Lott, scholar at the Crime Prevention Research Center, noted, there are only 124 concealed carry handgun permit holders in D.C. He added, ““If D.C. were like the 42 right-to-carry states, they would have about 48,000 permits. Right now D.C. prevents the most vulnerable people, particularly poor blacks who live in high crime areas of D.C., from having any hope of getting a permit for protection.”
This is a breaking news story. We will add more details as they become available.
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