DC Restrictions on Gun Rights Ruled Unconstitutional
Judge Frederick J. Scullin (US District Court – Washington DC) granted a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs, BRIAN WRENN, JOSHUA AKERY, TYLER WHIDBY, and SECOND AMENDMENT FOUNDATION, INC. This court order prohibits the Metropolitan DC Police Chief, Cathy Lanier, from requiring a "good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property or has any other proper reason for carrying a pistol…" before issuing a concealed carry permit.
Scullin barred DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing the city’s requirement that a person applying for a concealed carry permit must prove they have a "good reason" to need one. This requirement created a system where only those with police reports detailing violent threats against them could obtain a permit.
Critics said the requirement was the reason few permits had been issued thus far, and argued that it violates the Second Amendment.
The "good reason" clause was used to deny three men who wished to carry weapons in the District permits. The men—Joshua Akery, Tyler Whidby, and Brian Wrenn—joined with the Second Amendment Foundation to file suit against the city.
The city’s attorney general is looking at Judge Scullin’s ruling but still believes the District’s concealed carry law is constitutional. "We are reviewing the ruling; however, we believe that the law passed by the Council is constitutionally valid," OAG spokesperson Robert Marus told the Washington Free Beacon.
If D.C. decides to fight the court’s ruling, the plaintiffs will continue with their case. "If they do not comply with the court order we will move to hold them in contempt," Gottlieb said.
"We will take this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court."
WRENN et al v. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Preliminary Injunction.pdf
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