Big Win for Gun Rights Activists on Concealed Carry

Another win for gun rights activists on Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld another court’s ruling. The ruling claimed that it was unconstitutional for local D.C. government to require that its licensed gun owners have a “good reason” to legally possess a concealed weapon in the city.

This decision could potentially put the case on route straight to the U.S. Supreme Court, this is due to the several other federal courts who have reach many different decisions on the matter.

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“Sometimes the most important thing a court does is not do anything,” said Adam Winkler, He is a law professor at The University of California, Los Angeles. Winkler has written and studied a lot about the second amendment. “Because of what the D.C. Circuit didn’t do today, the Supreme Court is now far more likely to take a concealed carry case.” Winkler also commented.

Advocates of the Second Amendment have called the law too restrictive, they say it would make it far to challenging for a good citizen to obtain a CCW Permit. In June, a poll said that D.C. Police had granted 126 of these permits but denied a whopping 417 permit applications since the law took effect in 2014, the Washington Post reported.

Alan Gura, is an attorney who stood council for many of the gun owners who were apart of the lawsuit. Gura said that the ruling on Thursday brought light to many cracks in the city’s law.

“The ruling is the latest blow to the District’s efforts to curtail gun possession and use,” Gura said. He also noted that back in 2008 the Supreme Court ruled against the ban of almost all firearms in the city and then in 2014 a bid to ban the carrying of firearms was also blocked by the Supreme Court.

Washington Leaders have pursued a full appeal for the D.C. Circuit to rehear the case attacking the city’s gun laws, but a vote of 2-1 has shut down the chance of revisiting the ruling which was issued earlier this year. This vote would uphold the previous decision made by the D.C. Circuit court about the “good reason” requirement. This means that requirement will remain in effect until a higher court overturns that decision.

The current law in the city requires citizens who want to legally carry a concealed firearm to first show they have “good reason” to need to possess that firearm on their person. That “good reason” does not necessarily mean living in a high crime area.

The D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine made a statement that D.C. police could continue to enforce the requirement awaiting the mandate from the appeals court which is expected to come in the next week or so. Racine has said he would be reviewing different possibilities on how to proceed. The city could choose to request that the Supreme Court to hear the case.

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