The District of Columbia’s total ban on CCW was overturned by a court. They now have 90 days to come up with a permitting system. They’re going to make it really tough to get. From Roll Call:
Though they wonâ€™t yet say how far they are willing to take their fight, District of Columbia officials plan to do everything in their power to limit the carrying of handguns in the nationâ€™s capital, arguing that despite a courtâ€™s ruling that paves the way for more permissive laws, Washington is a unique place with heightened security concerns.
â€śAn absolute ban on [carrying handguns] may not pass constitutional muster regardless of the judge, so weâ€™re going to prepare by working on legislation that will pass musterâ€ť said Tommy Wells, a Democrat who represents Capitol Hill on the D.C. Council.
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â€śWe have to have a smart bill ready to go, and we canâ€™t be in denial about this,â€ť Wells said in a Wednesday interview. He offered Marylandâ€™s permit law as an example. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that the state can require people applying for concealed-carry handgun permits to provide a â€śgood and substantial reasonâ€ť reason for wanting to carry.
â€śAs restrictive as possible,â€ť is the suggestion of D.C. Councilmember David Catania, a Republican-turned-independent who is running for mayor. He said the implications of the ruling are â€śvery, very concerning.â€ť
I’d say that the incredibly high crime rate in D.C. is all of the “good and substantial reason” needed.
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