Sunday, July 27, 2014
Handgun Carry Now Legal in Washington D.C.
A federal judge has paved the way for handgun owners to take their hardware out for walks, to the farmers market, and most anywhere in the nation's capitol.
On Saturday July 26, 2014 Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia, that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”
This is a big win for the pro-gun advocates, and a "WTH?" for anti-gun activists and criminals.
Yes, criminals will think twice about who to jack in D.C. now that the law allows residents from the District and other states to carry a weapon within its boundaries. And Washington D.C. would be the last place anti-gun activists would endorse firearms roaming freely in the streets.
Judge Scullin wrote that the court “enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of [D.C. firearms laws] unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation was pleased with the ruling but says he expects the ruling to be appealed by the District. If the District appeals, Gura says his organization will be more than happy to keep the fight going.
Judge Sculin urged Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, and the Democrat-controlled City Council to “swiftly enact a concealed carry law that protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves".
Because of high level District residents like the President, open handgun carry has always been a sensitive security issue. Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated by gunfire, and at least five others have been shot at, including Ronald Reagan who was seriously wounded in 1981. The Secret Service nor the Capitol Police report firearm related incidents so no one knows how many times nefarious gun-play has been in the vicinity of politicians or innocent people.
Guns on the streets of D.C. will certainly have the diverse number of law enforcement agencies in the city on high alert and hopefully they'll stymy any unwarranted and residual gun-play.