Sunday, July 27, 2014

Federal judge strikes down Washington DC's handgun carry prohibition, focusing on refusal to license non-residents


In an unusual ruling on a Saturday, federal judge Frederick Scullin, Jr. overturned a Washington DC law prohibiting people from carrying guns outside their homes.  The case is Palmer v. District of Columbia, link here

Another source on the story is Legal Insurrection, with a Scrinbd opinion, here

The judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional under any level of scrutiny.

The details of the opinion go into the law requiring a license to carry a gun, and the District’s practice of never granting such licenses to non-residents. The ruling leaves no “gray area” and doesn’t have a stay.  But the District could appeal quickly to the federal circuit.  

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