The District of Columbia has decided it will not appeal the decision by the Federal Appeals court that struck down its draconian anti-human, anti-liberty, concealed carry laws. The decision means the District of Columbia is now to become a “shall issue” city when it comes to applying for concealed carry licenses. This means that unless you are not allowed to own guns, for mental health or criminal reasons, you can have a concealed carry license just by applying. Yes, we’ll put this in our Longer Leash files, and we’ll take the win.
From Bearing Arms
…..the nation’s capital has decided to become a shall-issue jurisdiction. Well, “decided” is kind of a strong word, since they didn’t want to do it. They didn’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter, but they still made a decision that will net a big win for people in the district.
In the midst of Capitol Hill lawmakers considering new gun control legislation in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, the District of Columbia decided not to appeal a court order that blocked the city’s restrictions on concealed carry, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The decision not to appeal, made by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, comes as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to hand down an order by Friday that carries out a ruling that struck down the city’s “good reason” requirement for people in the district wanting licenses to carry concealed firearms.
Racine, according to The Post, stated that while he continues to support the constitutionality of D.C. concealed carry firearm law, he did not want to risk an adverse ruling from the Supreme Court that would place other metropolitan areas with concealed carry restrictions across the nation in a similar legal difficulty.
In other words, there was every reason to believe they’d lose the appeal and, if they did, they’d throw the anti-gun cause back decades.
However, the ruling by the appeals court still sets the stage for a ruling by the Supreme Court, since there are conflicting decisions at that judicial level. The Court typically hears those cases so a definitive decision can be made on the issue.