D.C. concealed carry applications soar while ‘good reason’ requirement not enforced

by Andrea Noble  |  published on May 30, 2016

Applications for concealed carry permits have spiked in the District since a federal judge ordered the city to stop requiring gun owners to prove they have a “good reason” to carry a firearm in public, according to documents filed as part of an ongoing legal challenge to D.C. gun laws.

Ten days after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s order blocked the city from enforcing a key provision of its gun laws, the Metropolitan Police Department had received 85 concealed carry permit applications — compared to the 61 applications it had received in the prior six months.

The disclosure was made by the District’s office of the attorney general in a motion filed before a federal appellate court as city attorneys sought to overturn Judge Leon’s May 17 ruling — in which the judge wrote that the District’s concealed carry laws were likely an “unconstitutional burden.”

In a 2-1 decision Friday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved the request for an immediate administrative stay. The decision allows the city to temporarily enforce its requirement that gun owners applying for a concealed carry permit prove they have a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason,” such as a job that requires carrying large amounts of cash or valuables.

  • snowyriver

    Any time and every time you meet a Muslim on the street…. That is a good reason to carry.

  • robert sanders

    yea for dc

  • PC Bob

    No one needs a ‘good reason’ to enjoy the rights granted to us ALL by the US Constitution! Trying to restrict these rights is unlawfull, illegal and UN-Constitutional!

  • SmithWinston6478

    Human interaction falls into two categories without exception; reason or force. If there is no disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers, reason must be used to persuade. Banning an ‘equalizer’ of force would result in rule by the unreasonable; the thugs, the jihadi cavemen, or the tyrants. It would amount to ultimate in-civility.

    Equal force levels the field only in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger aggressor. Responsible armed citizens do not seek to limit interaction with reason, only interaction by force. That is why carrying a gun is a most civilized act in the interest of peace.

    Eighty-five million law-abiding Americans own more than 200 million guns. If they all were violent, everyone would know about it. Almost all the nutcase shooters have been liberals and democrats. Our 2nd Amendment insures all the rest.

    “Never trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with guns.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
    “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will end up plowing for those who don’t.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
    “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.” ~ Patrick Henry
    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” ~ Adolf Hitler
    “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” ~ George Mason
    “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.” ~ b insane obola

  • Daniel W

    I wouldn’t even live in Washington DC if I was permitted to carry A Howitzer??Sixty five pistol carry licenses, issued ALL DMOCRAT CONGRESSMEN???? I’m surprised they didn’t charge them $500 apiece for these pistol carry licenses like New York City does. If you need a pistol license in NY, and don’t have the $500 for the pistol license well I guess you’re out of luck. Where in the Second Amendment does it say that you must pay a $500 FEE to obtain a pistol license. Now that is the biggest violation of your Second Amendment rights that one should go to Supreme Court. It seems as though if you have thousands of dollars to spend you might just obtain a pistol license.

  • CrustyOldGeezer



    Former murder capital of America, and only lost the ‘title’ because other cities had more murders.

    NOT because the streets of D.C. became safer!

    And while we’re on THAT subject, ALL elected persons living in the area, including the mayor should also provide their “GOOD REASON” for having armed body guards, including Secret Service ARMED protection.

    The PRIVATE CITIZEN ALWAYS has ‘good reason’ while ‘public servants’ are borderline on VALUE to the community.

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