From our “Longer Leash” files comes this story about an appeals court refusing to reconsider a case in which it struck down the anti-human, anti-liberty conceal carry gun laws of the tyrannical city of Washington DC.
A federal appeals court has upheld an earlier decision striking down the “good reason” DC concealed carry permit requirement as unconstitutional.
In the District of Columbia, law-abiding citizens who wish to carry a concealed firearm for protection are required to show a specific cause for needing said weapon, such as documented evidence of death threats or previous attacks. Back in July, a three-person panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the requirement was unconstitutional in Wrenn v. District of Columbia.
“At the Second Amendment’s core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions,” Judge Thomas Beall Griffith wrote in the 31-page opinion. “These traditional limits include, for instance, licensing requirements, but not bans on carrying in urban areas like D.C. or bans on carrying absent a special need for self-defense. In fact, the Amendment’s core at a minimum shields the typically situated citizen’s ability to carry common arms generally. The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under Heller.”
The next month, the District filed a petition for the case to be re-heard before the full D.C. appeals court. But it was rejected in a brief order issued on Thursday.