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D.C. Challenges Court Decision On Carry Permits

Even after several setbacks in court, gun-hating politicians in Washington, D.C., continue to try to make armed self-defense by law-abiding gun owners nearly impossible.

Recently a federal appeals court blocked the District’s “good reason” regulations for issuing concealed-carry permits to law-abiding citizens on Second Amendment grounds, with Judge Thomas B. Griffith writing: “In fact, the Amendment’s core at a minimum shields the typically situated citizen’s ability to carry common arms generally. The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under Heller I.”

Yet again, the District doesn’t want to abide by the Constitution and has chosen to appeal the ruling. “The District’s requirement that those requesting concealed-carry permits must have a ‘good reason’ for doing so is virtually identical to rules in other cities and states—requirements that four other federal appeals courts have left in place,” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement announcing the city’s petition for the full U.S. Court of Appeals to hear the case.


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