The plaintiffs in a lawsuit which resulted in Washington, D.C.’s new concealed carry law are asking a judge to block its implementation, arguing that the law is overly restrictive.
According to the Washington Post, the plaintiffs in the case of Palmer v. District of Columbia filed the motion on Thursday asking U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr to stop the law from being put into effect “unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
Last week, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to pass the concealed carry law — valid for 90 days until permanent legislation will be signed into law by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — which allows D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to decide who has a valid reason for carrying a concealed weapon. Officials last said living in a high crime area is not sufficient “good cause” for obtaining a CCW permit. People who have received death threats, or victims of domestic violence would — in the eyes of the new law — be good candidates for carrying a concealed weapon.
“They have merely dusted off their earlier statute restricting handgun carry licenses at the police chief’s pleasure, a licensing regime which explicitly rejects the notion that people have a right to carry handguns for self-defense,” attorney Alan Gura wrote in the motion.
The new law also requires CCW permit candidates to undergo 16 hours of safety training and two hours of range training, in addition to registering their gun with the police department. In addition, carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited in places like schools and governments, or within 1,000 feet of demonstrations or public dignitaries, the Post reported.
“At the minimum the city needs to allow responsible, law abiding people to carry handguns for self-defense. That’s the absolute minimum,” Gura said in an interview Thursday, according to the Post. “Regulation about training and sensitive places, that’s for another day. But at the heart of it we have a dispute about the right to carry handguns for self-defense.”
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