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Court Strikes Down D.C.’s Ban On Carrying Handguns In Public

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Revmitchell

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    In a measure that is likely to cause a fiery debate over gun laws in the nation’s capital, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia struck down Washington’s ban on carrying handguns in public on Saturday.

    The court based its decision in the case, titled Palmer v. District of Columbia, on the Supreme Court’s famous ruling in D.C. v. Heller that affirmed an individual’s right to possess a firearm under the second amendment.

    “In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,” read the statement of Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.

    “Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

    The court’s decision — barring a likely challenge from the city — will allow eligible citizens to apply for open carry permits and thus, be able to carry their handguns in public.

    It also eliminated the limitations that D.C. had placed that barred residents from owning “pistols not validly registered to the current registrant” until the city enacts licensing requirements that are consistent with “constitutional standards.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/26/c...on-carrying-handguns-in-public/#ixzz38f36PjzR