Federal Judge Declares D.C. Ban on Carrying Handguns in Public Unconstitutional
A federal judge has declared that one of the District’s principal gun control laws is unconstitutional and ordered that its enforcement be halted.
Judge Scullin wrote that the court “enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of [D.C. firearms laws] unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.
The defendants are the city government and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.