by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | July 26, 2017 9:26 am
This is exceedingly good news. A federal appeals court shot down a DC gun law that prevented most gun owners from carrying concealed handguns in public. They found the law that requires “good reason” to carry concealed to be unconstitutional… which it is. Democrats have done everything they can in DC to abridge the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. This throws a major monkey wrench into their Marxist agenda. It’s a huge win for gun advocates.
The federal court found that the law was basically an out-right ban on the Second Amendment. In a 2-1 decision, they found the law too restrictive. “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. This ruling is long overdue and it’s a pleasant surprise for a change.
From The Washington Times:
A strict D.C. gun law that prevents most firearms owners from carrying concealed handguns in public in the nation’s capital is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday, saying the city government cannot demand citizens prove a “good reason” before being issued permits.
In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered lower courts to issue permanent injunctions blocking enforcement of the law.
City officials said they are considering an appeal, but gun rights supporters said the ruling is a major step and could set up an even bigger victory should the U.S. Supreme Court adopt the circuit judges’ decision.
“At the Second Amendment’s core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions,” Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote in the majority opinion. “These traditional limits include, for instance, licensing requirements, but not bans on carrying in urban areas like D.C. or bans on carrying absent a special need for self-defense.”
The ruling is the latest blow to the District’s efforts to curtail gun possession and use. The Supreme Court struck down the city’s near total ban on firearms possession in 2008, and a federal court blocked an effort to ban the carrying of firearms in public in 2014.
The unconstitutional gun laws in DC prevent those who are the most vulnerable… poor blacks who live in gang-infested neighborhoods… from having the means to protect themselves and their families. The lone dissenter, Judge Karen Henderson, said the district’s regulation “passes muster” because of the city’s unique security challenges as the nation’s capital and because it does not affect the right to keep a firearm at home. That is progressive bull crap. Your Second Amendment rights are not restricted to your home or to a city.
Gun rights groups and Republican attorneys general from more than a dozen states have told the court that the District’s system is unconstitutional because the typical law-abiding citizen could not obtain a permit. Looks like that will now change, thank goodness. The “good reason” regulations require residents to prove they have a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason,” such as a job that requires carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, in order to get a concealed carry permit. It is intentionally vague and subject to broad interpretation in order to disarm the citizens of DC. Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, says he expects DC to appeal… they always do. But for now, it is cause for celebration.
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