Finally it looks like the courts in DC are willing to uphold our constitution and strike down any law that goes against it!
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that a District of Columbia gun-control measure was ‘essentially an outright ban in violation of the Second Amendment,’ according to a Fox News report.
In D.C. gun owners are required to have a ‘good reason’ for obtaining a concealed carry permit.
This however, did not fly with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a 2-1 decision, the circuit court struck it down, The Washington Post reported.
“The good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs,” Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote.
“Bans on the ability of most citizens to exercise an enumerated right would have to flunk any judicial test.”
Judge Stephen F. Williams joined Griffith in the decision.
The decision deals another legal blow to efforts by city officials to rewrite gun regulations since the Supreme Court declared a Second Amendment right to gun ownership in a 2008 D.C. gun case, the paper reported.
John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center called the decision huge.
Right now, there are about 124 concealed handgun permit holders in D.C., Lott told Fox News. “If D.C. were like the 42 right-to-carry states, they would have about 48,000 permits. Right now D.C. prevents the most vulnerable people, particularly poor blacks who live in high crime areas of D.C., from having any hope of getting a permit for protection.
The lone dissenter, Judge Karen Henderson, said the district’s regulation “passes muster” because of the city’s unique security challenges as the nation’s capital and because it does not affect the right to keep a firearm at home.
The paper also reported that gun rights groups and Republican attorneys general from over a dozen states joined in the battle. Collectively they told the court the District’s system is clearly unconstitutional because it makes it impossible for the typical law-abiding citizen to obtain a permit.
The decision by the court isn’t completely out of danger though. City officials could elect to appeal the decision by asking all the judges on the circuit to rule on the matter.
Let’s hope our constitution is upheld and this decision sticks!
It is, after all, the law of the land.