A federal judge struck down Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns outside the home Sunday, effectively allowing D.C. residents to carry registered firearms.
“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,” wrote Judge Frederick Scullin.
The lift on the ban took effect immediately; however, the city’s Attorney General said that D.C. would apply for a stay of the ruling pending appeal. D.C. residents could still be arrested if they carried unlicensed firearms.
Six years ago the Supreme Court struck down the District’s total ban on handguns.
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