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.