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Thursday, June 4, 2015

D.C. No Longer Living In Denial

After Judge Frederick Scullin denied a request from city officials to stay his ruling that the “good reason” clause of D.C.’s carry law was unconstitutional, the District may be transitioning to a new normal. The Washington, D.C., police department reported on Monday that no new carry applications have been denied since those restrictions were struck down.

“We have not denied any applications,” Lieutenant Sean Conboy told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have issued two letters invoking the additional 90-day period to process two of those applications that were pending. We’re awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Attorney General on the other applications.”

D.C. AG Karl Racine has expressed disapproval of the ruling, saying the increase in guns carried publicly will have “important safety consequences”—meaning an appeal is likely. And with only one confirmed preliminary approval issued, others could still be denied. Even so, these recent developments are a step in the right direction.