D.C.’s Restrictive Concealed Carry Law Here To Stay… For Now

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The D.C. city council, which pushed through the restrictive 'may-issue' gun law.

The D.C. city council, which pushed through the restrictive ‘may-issue’ gun law.

A federal appeals court gave the go ahead for the District to continue enforcing a new restrictive concealed carry handgun law that requires applicants to have a “good reason” for carrying a firearm.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned an injunction on the bill last month, and before it can be signed into law they must first have a final ruling to determine its constitutionality.

Many D.C. officials are pleased with the court’s decisions thus far, claiming that such restrictive laws are fundamental when it comes to safety.

“Our procedure for issuing gun-carry permits is very similar to laws in New Jersey, New York and Maryland that federal appeals courts have upheld,” said D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine.

However, others argue that the law impinges on the Second Amendment and he right to bear arms.

“Good reason” clauses are prevalent across many states and counties, but the primary issue with having such a requirement is that more often than not, concealed carry applicants are at the whim of local authorities.

The results from “good reason,” or “may issue” states and counties, lack consistency, with one application being denied, while another very similar ones gets pushed through.

The argument that D.C.’s concealed carry law is unconstitutional is strong, and hopefully the District, along with other “may issue” states, will change their stance to “shall issue.”

(This article was a submission form freelance writer Brent Rogers)

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