A US federal judge has turned the issue of concealed carry in Washington DC on its head once again. The judge has ruled that the DC’s current regulations for obtaining a permit are likely unconstitutional and has issued an injunction on the enforcement of those laws pending further legislative action.
According to a Washington Post article on the ruling:
A federal judge has ruled that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is likely unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital.
In imposing a preliminary injunction pending further litigation, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon reignited a running battle over the Second Amendment in the District and its courts where three different judges have now weighed in with varying conclusions.
“The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” Leon wrote in a 46-page opinion, quoting a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2008 in another District case that established a constitutional right to keep firearms in one’s home.
This is the second win in the courts for proponents of gun rights this week. Earlier this week, the Ninth Court of Appeals ruled that the right to buy and acquire firearms was a protected part of the Second Amendment.