(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) — A federal court struck down the District of Columbia’s gun-carry law as unconstitutional on Tuesday.
In a 2-to-1 ruling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the city’s requirement that those who apply for a gun-carry permit must show “good reason” beyond the desire for self-defense or residence in a high-crime area before being granted one runs afoul of the Second Amendment. The court said the Constitution guarantees a right to carry a firearm for self-protection for the law-abiding, even outside of the home. The ruling is the latest in a series of federal court rulings rebuking the nation’s capital for unconstitutional gun laws that stretch back more than a decade and include a half dozen decisions against the city.
“Reading the Amendment, applying Heller I’s reasoning, and crediting key early sources, we conclude: the individual right to carry common firearms beyond the home for self-defense—even in densely populated areas, even for those lacking special self-defense needs—falls within the core of the Second Amendment’s protections,” Judge Thomas Griffith wrote for the majority.
The court went on to say the District’s requirement that only those who meet the restrictive “good reason” requirement be allowed to legally carry a firearm was beyond their power and effectively eliminated the average citizen’s right to carry a gun in self-defense.
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