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Thursday, March 10, 2016

In D.C., The Battle Over “Good Cause” Rages On

A preliminary injunction that had been granted in May 2015 to opponents of Washington, D.C.’s concealed-carry law has been overturned. On Monday, a federal judge sided with the D.C. ruling that while the constitutionality of the law is debated in the courts, anyone wishing to carry a concealed handgun in public would still be subject to the so-called “good cause” requirement—in other words, they would need to show that they have “good reason to fear injury to [their] person or property.” 

In her 31-page ruling, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said opponents hadn’t provided ample evidence that their lawsuit was likely to be successful, generally a requirement for a preliminary injunction. 

While opponents had hoped the injunction would stand, Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s quick ruling means challenges can now go forward—in a court filing, opponents said they are appealing the ruling to the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals. Unfortunately, D.C. residents will continue to remain defenseless in the meantime.