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Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted us links to articles about this – from the NY Times:
“A federal judge on Saturday overturned the Washington, D.C., ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The court ordered the city to allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes and to let nonresidents carry them as well.”
From the Washington Post:
“However, the D.C. attorney general’s office said it would seek a stay of the ruling while the city decides whether to appeal.
In an order approved by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, police were told that District residents are permitted to carry pistols if the weapons are registered. Those who had not registered their handguns could be charged on that ground, the instruction said.”
From Council Member and Democratic Nominee for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office:
“Democratic Nominee for Mayor, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, responded to a federal judge who ruled one of the District’s primary gun laws unconstitutional:
“Yesterday’s decision is troubling and poses a serious threat to public safety in the District of Columbia. I’ve spoken to Attorney General Irv Nathan and encouraged him to seek an immediate stay and appeal. I will also work with Chairman Mendelson and my colleagues on any legislative action needed to protect our gun laws. As Democrats, we both respect our constitution and stand with Americans everywhere in calling for responsible gun ownership, registration, and background checks. Public safety remains a top priority and I will continue to fight for laws that protect our residents, reduce violent crime and keep our city safe.
The full decision can be viewed > here.”