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Judge says Washington’s ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled that Washington’s ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.

In a ruling made public Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. said that “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 is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

Scullin made the ruling on Thursday in U.S. District Court, according to the published opinion.

The Washington Post reported that it wasn’t clear Saturday night what immediate effect the decision would have.

The defendants cited in the judge’s opinion were the District of Columbia and its police chief, Cathy Lanier.

The plaintiffs were four individuals and the Second Amendment Foundation, a group that advocates the right to firearms.

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4 comments

  • John Klaar

    Here in NC. You can open carry but there is a law that states if a person feels threatened by this, you can be arrested…. “going armed to the terror of the public”. So, why even carry openly if you have the chance to get arrested ? Total BS.

  • sinner 3

    Not hard to figure why D.C. doesn’t want people armed !! Not with the mess they pull on a daily basis !!

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