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US Court of Appeals Does the Right Thing and Puts DC In Its Place

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US Court of Appeals Does the Right Thing and Puts DC In Its Place

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition on Thursday. The petition called for a new full court hearing on the controversial gun-carry law in D.C. Alan Gura, one of the attorney’s for the plaintiffs, wrote on Twitter: “D.C. Circuit denies en banc petition in Wrenn v. D.C.! On to #SCOTUS?”

The case, Wrenn v. D.C., is the latest in a serious of challenges to the city’s strict gun laws. Wrenn v. D.C. centers on the city’s gun-carry law, which allows city officials to deny a permit application based on whether they believe the applicant has a “good reason” for getting it. The plaintiffs in the case complained that the subjective law resulted in very few gun-carry permits issued in the city. There were only 126 permits issued as of July 2017. They believe the restriction is limiting their constitutional second Amendment rights.

The plaintiffs had a three-judge panel decision on their side in an appeals court. In a 2-1 ruling, Judge Thomas Griffith wrote for the majority, “We are bound to leave the District as much space to regulate as the Constitution allows—but no more. Just so, our opinion does little more than trace the boundaries laid in 1791 and flagged in Heller I. And the resulting decision rests on a rule so narrow that good-reason laws seem almost uniquely designed to defy it: that the law-abiding citizen’s right to bear common arms must enable the typical citizen to carry a gun.”

But the U.S. Court of Appeals disagreed, and ruled in defense of the present gun-carry ordinance, refusing a hearing by the full appeals court. “The District’s requirement that those requesting concealed-carry permits must have a ‘good reason’ for doing so is virtually identical to rules in other cities and states—requirements that four other federal appeals courts have left in place,” a court statement said. “We at the Office of Attorney General believe our common-sense gun rules are very much in line with Supreme Court precedent on the Second Amendment, which is why we have asked the full D.C. Circuit to reconsider the earlier 2-1 ruling by a panel of that court.”

The National Rifle Association, which filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs, said the decision was a win for law-abiding D.C. residents.

“We applaud the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for reaffirming the rights of ordinary, law-abiding citizens to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in the District of Columbia,” said Chris Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action. ”The District’s draconian restrictions on core Second-Amendment rights are out of step with the mainstream protections in the rest of the country, and as the D.C. Circuit’s opinion shows, they are equally out of step with our Nation’s traditions and fundamental law.”

Gura, the plaintiff’s attorney, declared after the court victory, “Ten years ago, Washington, D.C.’s political leadership tried to extinguish Second Amendment rights before the Supreme Court. The result was D.C. v. Heller, a tremendous victory for the rights of all Americans. With the court of appeals again confirming the people’s right to bear arms, Washington, D.C.’s politicians must once again ask themselves whether it makes sense to keep resisting our fundamental rights.”

Do you think this is a “win” for the America people?

Credit: Free Beacon

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