Judge may hold DC in contempt of court for restrictive carry licensing

A federal judge is weighing a request to hold the District in contempt of court for enacting new gun laws that are so restrictive as to be out of compliance with his order to allow for concealed carry in the city.

During a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. asked the city and the plaintiffs fighting the regulations for additional filings on whether the city should be considered in contempt of his order that officials develop a licensing scheme “consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

The 2nd Amendment applies to everyone, not just those "under a specific threat". We'll see if a judge agrees. The attorney in this case is Alan Gura, who argued and won the Heller case that brought the 2nd Amendment to DC roughly 6 years ago, and has won other gun-rights cases since.

If Gura wins this case, which seems likely to me, it will likely require shall-issue concealed-carry licensing in all 50 states and federal territories. Other requirements, like training, may remain in place, though I wouldn't be surprised if the court rules that training must actually be available at reasonable time and cost. (Currently, there are no approved instructors).

This entry was published Wed Nov 26 10:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-11-23 18:50:22.0. [Tweet]

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