These guys just never learn. The SCOTUS says citizens can have and carry guns, and D.C. continues to push back and try to whittle away the edges, almost ten years later, and the courts continue to rule against them. Case in point:
A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of a strict concealed-carry law in the nation’s capital that required gun owners to prove a “good reason” in order to obtain permits allowing them to carry handguns for self defense.
In a 2-1 decision, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ordered lower courts to issue permanent injunctions blocking enforcement of the D.C. law.
In rejecting the city’s law, the court ruled that while the Second Amendment allows for some limits on gun possession it does now allow for “bans on carrying in urban areas like D.C. or bans on carrying absent a special need for self-defense.”
“In fact, the Amendment’s core at a minimum shields the typically situated citizen’s ability to carry common arms generally,” wrote Circuit Judge Thomas B. Griffith in the majority opinion. “The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under Heller I.”
Judge Griffith was joined by Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams in the opinion. Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson dissented.
Really, does anyone other than a politician or lobbyist really want to live in D.C.? Why?