Court strikes down DC ban on openly carrying guns

In a big victory for Second Amendment supporters, a federal court in Washington, D.C. has struck down a local ordinance against openly carrying handguns. The judge, Frederick Scullin, didn't mince any words: In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled on Saturday 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 outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. "Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia's complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional." It is unclear if the defendants -- the District of Columbia as represented by Police Chief Cathy Lanier -- will appeal the ruling. The lawsuit plaintiffs included two Washington residents who were denied permits to openly carry handguns for self-defense. Washington DC, the District of Columbia, is wedged between the states...(Read Full Post)