Judge blocks D.C. from enforcing ‘good reason’ requirement for concealed carry permits

by Andrea Noble  |  published on May 18, 2016

In a strike against the District’s strict firearms laws, a federal judge has blocked the city’s police chief from requiring gun owners to prove they have a “good reason” to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon revives the battle over gun rights in the nation’s capital by temporarily banning enforcement of a key portion of the city’s “may issue” laws, which have kept the number of concealed carry permits to a minimum.

“Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right,” Judge Leon wrote in a 46-page opinion that granted a preliminary injunction while the case plays out in court.

The lawsuit is at least the second to challenge concealed carry laws adopted by the District to comply with a federal judge’s 2014 ruling that overturned the city’s long-standing ban on the carrying of firearms in public.

  • John Siemens

    What really needs to happen is that law enforcement should be required to give a good reason why someone should not be allowed to carry. Then the person denying a citizens right under the 2nd Amendment would have to be able to defend their actions in court.

  • Kent2012

    surprise surprise…I will lay odds that the clown police chiefy went home and beat his wife after kick the crap out of his mutt…

    • Rodney Steward

      LOL, and then called Obama’s coon squad!

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