MILLER: Gun control dilemma

gun controlAnti-gun jurisdictions are in trouble. Tuesday’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the Illinois ban on concealed carry has put in the crosshairs the reluctance of the District and Maryland to allow citizens to exercise their right to self-defense outside the home.

Attorney Alan Gura, whom the Second Amendment Foundation hired to argue the Moore v. Madigan case in Illinois, has been distributing Judge Richard A. Posner’s majority decision to other courts currently mulling over the meaning of the right to bear arms. Mr. Gura represents plaintiffs in several firearms cases in the country, including the Palmer v. D.C. in the District and the Woollard v. Sheridan case in Maryland.

The Palmer case was filed in August 2009 and remains pending. “We’ve been waiting a long time for a decision,” said Mr. Gura in an interview with The Washington Times on Thursday. “Whoever loses will take it to appeal, so this is just the first step.”

The 7th Circuit decision puts the District’s attorney general in a legal pickle. The city made a big production out of Moore when the trial court sided with state law. Since Illinois had the same total prohibition on carry as Washington, it will be hard now for D.C. officials to ignore the clear application of the appellate court’s reasoning.

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