WASHINGTON – Just seven months ago, D.C. was the only place in the country that did not allow anyone to legally carry a gun outside the home. A federal court ruled that violated the Second Amendment. So now, the police department is issuing carry permits to a few people.
I have been doing a series to show how the nation’s capital has abided by the federal court ruling.
To remind you of the background, the City Council passed a law in the fall that allowed for handguns to be carried in public, but the bar was set very high for a permit. You have to prove you have so-called special dangers — specific and current threats against you or your property.
Any day now, the judge will rule on whether the city is in contempt of court for writing a new law that is still unconstitutional.
Read more at FOX 5’s Emily Miller gets DC gun carry permit approved – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG.
“You have a mayor who hates guns…If it was up to me, we wouldn’t have any handguns in the District of Columbia. I swear to protect the Constitution and what the courts say, but I will do it in the most restrictive way as possible.” – Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington, D.C.
via ‘You have a mayor who hates guns’ – The Washington Post.
Well, I’ll give her this much…At least Muriel Bowser is honest and upfront about it. She would ban all guns, given the chance. To hell with the People (all of them as opposed to just those who voted for her), the Constitution (you know, the law!) or the rulings of the United States Supreme Court, she’s just going to do it her way! That the seat of government in the “Free World” is a place that seeks to restrict freedom every chance it gets boggles the mind.
Tongue in cheek with all due respect to Ms. Miller…But I saw this on Twitter and had the same reaction Jason did this morning when I told him I wanted a supply of tampons for my emergency medical kits. If true, I’m floored. And some of that is because I’ve got not so great history with D.C. Metro.
I was threatened with arrest told ,”we can take pictures of people…not infrastructure,” for attempting to take the image below in 2011. Yeah, because terrorists routinely go about openly photographing architectural features with $5000 camera rigs. It’s a publicly visible space…I had every right to shoot it but, I wasn’t interested in staying in D.C. or going to court to prove it. I was pleasantly surprised to find I’d actually captured this image two days earlier on a previous attempt. Don’t know where that cop or any of his co-workers were a month later when some turd pulled out an AK to shoot at the White House. Clearly, so long as D.C. Metro and the Secret Service are on the case, you can be assured they’ll trample your rights at every turn but, they’ll never protect you. No, I’m not bitter at all.
While gun rights are facing a continued assault and new threats every day, today was a good day. A federal judge has ruled the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying guns outside the home is unconstitutional.
Judge Sculin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”
The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.
via EMILY MILLER: Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional | Fox News.