Gun rights group sues D.C. over concealed carry laws

February 3, 2015

ap99040802570_c0-101-1728-1108_s561x327A gun rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the District’s newly enacted concealed carry laws on behalf of three men who were denied permits to carry firearms by the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court, the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation alleges that the law’s requirement gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional.

“The city has set the bar so high that it relegates a fundamental civil right to the status of a heavily-regulated government privilege,” said Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. “Law-abiding citizens who clear background checks and are allowed to have handguns in their homes are being unnecessarily burdened with the additional requirement of proving some special need.”

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