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Federal Judge Deems D.C. Gun Law Unconstitutional

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A federal judge ruled on Monday that Washington, D.C.’s concealed carry law is unconstitutional.

The ruling deemed the “good reason” clause – which stated that those applying for a concealed carry permit must have a “good reason” to do so – was in violation of the second amendment. Judge Frederick J. Scullin issued the order, which came less than a year after the same judge ruled D.C.’s complete gun carry ban to be unconstitutional.

“This conclusion should not be read to suggest that it would be inappropriate for the District of Columbia to enact a licensing mechanism that includes appropriate time, place and manner restrictions on the carrying of handguns in public,” Scullin’s said in his ruling.

“The District of Columbia’s arbitrary ‘good reason’/’proper reason’ requirement, however, goes far beyond establishing such reasonable restrictions," he added. "Rather, for all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Second Amendment Foundation executive vice president Alan Gottlieb expressed his satisfaction following Scullin’s ruling.

“This is a devastating loss for the District and its anti-gun-rights policy,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

Scullin's order bars DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing the "good reason" requirement. The city's attorney, however, will be reviewing the ruling.

"We believe that the law passed by the Council is constitutionally valid," OAG spokesman Robert Marus told The Washington Free Beacon.

Scullin also ordered that lawyers from both sides meet on July 7 to come to discuss a resolution of the case, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

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Sources: Washington Free Beacon, Washington Post

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