D.C. gives up on ban on carrying guns in public – IOTW Report

D.C. gives up on ban on carrying guns in public

Washington Times: 

Washington, D.C., will drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday.

City attorneys will instead focus on defending concealed-carry laws adopted by legislators in the months after U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. declared the ban was unconstitutional.

“We need to focus our energies not on litigating old laws, but defending new ones that our leaders enacted in good faith to comply with court rulings while still protecting public safety,” Mr. Racine said.

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8 Comments on D.C. gives up on ban on carrying guns in public

  1. I am dubious about the ‘new laws’ they created, wonder whether the courts will find them acceptable. “…while still protecting public safety” suggests that they still don’t want any guns in private hands.

  2. Defending an absolute ban on carrying isn’t important; defending ridiculous onerous “shall issue” licensing is.

  3. personally I’m not a fan of open carry, have not yet heard a compelling reason to change my opinion of it.

    If EVERYONE was carrying open….

  4. the other bob, I don’t think open carry is even an option in DC; right now what’s happening is a challenge of the current DC “may issue” process and non-reciprocity with any state.

    I don’t open carry much myself; tired of the Soccer Mommies and Pearl Clutchers having conniptions at the sight of my pistol.

    (Annnd I just noticed that in my previous post that I said “shall issue.” Is not “shall issue” in DC at all; it’s what Kathy Lanier decides.)

  5. From the link:
    “The Metropolitan Police Department requires proof of a “good reason” why a gun owner would need to carry a firearm for protection.”

    buh – how about the statistics on black on white crime, how about the statistics on black on black crime? How about the statistics on crime in general? Sound like good reasons to me.

  6. DC’s a fucking zoo. More cops per square foot than any other place on Earth, and still dangerous. The LIPs need to carry out in the neighborhoods and on the Metro – that’s where the danger lies.

  7. From the link:
    “The Metropolitan Police Department requires proof of a “good reason” why a gun owner would need to carry a firearm for protection.”

    buh – how about the statistics on black on white crime, how about the statistics on black on black crime? How about the statistics on crime in general? Sound like good reasons to me.

    Ah, but Zonga, can you prove to Cathy Lanier (DC Chief of Police) that those statistics pose a personal threat to YOU?

    According to Emily Miller (https://www.facebook.com/EmilyMillerDC?fref=ts) you have to have documented threats against you personally.

    Saying “Because of your dipshit policies and half-assed policing, I face a greater threat of violence than the average citizen” probably won’t win you any points with her Cathy-ness.

    The Peruta case in the 9th Circus where the court ruled that “self-defense” WAS a bonafide reason for being issued a California CCW is undergoing review. The dissenting judge in the original 3-judge panel is now the Chief Judge in the Circus and has browbeaten his colleagues into an en banc review. Arguments have been scheduled for July.

    Assuming the 9th Circus doesn’t pull a Parker v. DC (a FIVE YEAR wait between argument and decision) we should hear something by the end of the year as to whether you have a right to self defense outside the home.

    If we gunnies lose the en banc decision, Alan Gura (of Heller v. DC fame has promised an appeal to the Supremes.
    If The Cutest AG in the Country That Wants to be Governor Really Really Bad (Kamala Harris) loses, she’s promised to appeal also.

    Now if we can just keep the Supremes from ducking the issue…

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