Federal judge strikes down DC ban on carrying guns in public

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday announced his Thursday ruling that the District of Columbia’s prohibition against carrying a pistol in public is unconstitutional and ordered the ban to be lifted.

The end of the ban takes effect immediately unless the judge issues a stay, Alan Gura, the lawyer who represents the group challenging the ban, said on Sunday, according to The Washington Post.

Gura had argued that carrying guns for self-defense decreases crimes.

Ted Gest, a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, said the decision is being studied to determine if an appeal will be filed.

Scullin’s decision and order came five years after four plaintiffs challenged the ban in a lawsuit filed in 2009. DC’s gun control law only allows firearms to be carried within homes and businesses.

The Second Amendment Foundation and four gun owners from DC and New Hampshire argued in the lawsuit that the ban violates their constitutional right or the Second Amendment.

The case, Palmer vs. District of Columbia, arose after the Metropolitan Police Department denied the plaintiff’s application for a license to carry owned guns in public.

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