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Another Second Amendment victory in Washington DC

May 21, 2015

 Ever since the District of Columbia v Heller decision which ruled that Washington DC’s handgun ban was unconstitutional Washington DC has been trying to pass gun control legislation which would basically render the decision null and void by making it nearly impossible for law-abiding citizens to attain concealed carry permits.

  This came about after Washington DC decided to drop its appeal of the decision in order to focus on new gun control legislation. Here is more from a post I wrote just over a year ago about this decision:

Washington, D.C., will drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on carrying handguns in public, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Wednesday.

City attorneys will instead focus on defending concealed-carry laws adopted by legislators in the months after U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. declared the ban was unconstitutional.

“We need to focus our energies not on litigating old laws, but defending new ones that our leaders enacted in good faith to comply with court rulings while still protecting public safety,” Mr. Racine said.

  The legislation Washington DC decided to focus on would require residents to prove they had a good reason, in the eyes of the politicians, to carry a firearm and needless to say almost every single applicant was denied their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms:

Only a handful of individuals applying for a permit have been able to receive one since the rule took effect. In fact, this provision prevents the plaintiffs “as well as the vast majority of law-abiding citizens” of the District from being able to obtain a permit because they can’t meet the “good reason/proper reason” requirement.

  The plaintiffs in question above had filed a lawsuit challenging the new laws and today a Federal District Court handed down an injunction halting the new law. Here is more: 

The District of Columbia has lost the latest round in the seemingly never-ending litigation over the rules it keeps implementing to restrict Second Amendment rights.

In Wrenn v. District of Columbia, federal District Court Judge Frederick Scullin issued an injunction prohibiting the District from requiring that anyone seeking a concealed carry permit demonstrate a “good reason” for needing one.

The latest iteration was over a revised carry rule that went into effect on Oct. 9, 2014.  It stipulated that the chief of police could issue a carry permit only when an applicant had:

“Demonstrated a good reason to fear injury to his or her person, which shall at a minimum require a showing of a special need for self-protection distinguishable from the general community as supported by evidence of specific threats or previous attacks that demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life … [or] [d]emonstrated any other proper reasons for carrying a concealed pistol, which shall at a minimum include types of employment that require the handling of cash or other valuable objects, make sure to check out the Personal Injury Attorney in Virginia Beach VA if you currently have issues with any injuries … .”

  A special need for self-protection? Every single law-abiding citizen has the right for self-protection and apparently this Federal Court sees it that way. Chalk one up for the good guys.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2015 4:45 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • May 22, 2015 5:22 am

      Thank you.

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      • May 22, 2015 5:24 am

        You’re welcome.

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  2. May 22, 2015 4:30 pm

    well hallelujah!! Washington get it right this time…. Great post Steve. 🙂

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    • May 22, 2015 7:42 pm

      Thank you! It is great to win one every once in awhile.

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  3. Zip-a-Dee permalink
    May 23, 2015 1:15 am

    Nice way to begin the Memorial Weekend Steve! The saints can take a break from spinning in their graves and have some time of refreshment!

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    • May 23, 2015 5:44 am

      But not too much, they will not give up this fight so we must always watch them!

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      • Zip-a-Dee permalink
        May 23, 2015 12:30 pm

        Just like weeds when it rains Steve! They’re the first to pop up with gusto. The good plants require our TLC! So much like this world and it’s turds! 🙂

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      • May 23, 2015 1:05 pm

        And we have to pluck the weeds before they destroy the good plants…

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