D.C. court blocks gun-per­mit lim­its

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

A fed­eral ap­peals court on Tues­day blocked a Dis­trict of Columbia law that makes it dif­fi­cult for gun own­ers to get con­cealed carry per­mits by re­quir­ing them to show that they have a good rea­son to carry a weapon.

A di­vided three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the D.C. Cir­cuit said the law re­quir­ing peo­ple to show “good rea­son to fear in­jury” or an­other “proper rea­son” to carry a weapon in­fringes on Sec­ond Amend­ment rights. City law now re­quires res­i­dents to reg­is­ter guns kept at their homes or busi­nesses. Any­one who wants to carry a weapon out­side the home needs a sep­a­rate con­cealed carry li­cense.

“At the Sec­ond Amend­ment’s core lies the right of re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zens to carry firearms for per­sonal self-de­fense be­yond the home, sub­ject to long­stand­ing re­stric­tions” such as li­cens­ing re­quire­ments, Judge Thomas Grif­fith wrote for the ma­jor­ity.

The judges or­dered a lower court to en­join the city from en­forc­ing the law, but it re­mains in ef­fect for now while D.C. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Karl Racine de­cides whether to seek full ap­pel­late re­view.

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