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Federal Judge Declares D.C. Ban on Carrying Handguns in Public Unconstitutional

July 27, 2014
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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.”

Judge Sculin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “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.”

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.

 

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