“the District will follow the path of such states as New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, all of which have adopted similar licensing schemes.” U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.’s decision in the DC case would appear to require a right-to-carry law, but, with Democrats packing the DC Circuit court, it seems likely that his decision will be overturned. Ultimately, all this will have to go to the Supreme Court.
As expected, The Washington DC Council is gonna make it almost impossible for any normal citizen to carry a concealed weapon in the city.
But I have the feeling that they are gonna overextend themselves once more and gonna get spanked by the judge. The fact that DC does not have a range open to the public would be the first thing to be challenged.
Typical DC, they will show that they are issuing permits and these will probably end up in the hands of the Washington insiders that can afford the expense which I expect to be onerous but also will create the conundrum of having the City Council justify why they were given to Mr High Lobby living in a good neighborhood with private security and Joe Shmoe living in a bad part of town did not qualify for one because “he did not demonstrate an immediate need.”
“Living in a high-crime area is not sufficient to establish the good cause,” Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said. “Getting death threats, being the victim of domestic violence and having the threats or reoccurrence, that would be good cause. It has to be personalized. It has to be something specific.”
Here is a copy of the press release: