After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the District of Columbia’s handgun ban unconstitutional in 2008, the city council continued to put up barriers to owning and carrying handguns.
Last week, a court ruled that the district’s “good reason” restriction for concealed carry was unconstitutional. The government asked for an immediate administrative stay of this ruling. Yesterday, the court denied the request:
Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., announced his decision this morning, and set two important dates. By June 22, SAF and its co-plaintiffs must file papers opposing the city’s stay pending appeal request, and the city must respond by June 26. This development is seen as a clear win by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.
“Bearing arms is a civil right,” Gottlieb observed, “not a government-regulated privilege subject to arbitrary discretion. This case isn’t about making a political statement, but about making the District of Columbia comply with an earlier court ruling, and with the constitution.