Federal Judge Strikes Down DC Ban on Carrying Guns in Public

Latest ruling against city’s gun laws comes after 2008 Supreme Court decision A federal judge on Saturday overturned Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The ruling could pave the way for new laws that would make handguns available to residents of a city that two decades ago had the nation’s highest murder rate. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin represents the latest battle in a long fight over gun laws in Washington, once known for having some of the strictest controls on firearms laws in the country. A city official said Sunday that officials would ask for a stay and were weighing an appeal. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation and three District of Columbia residents and a New Hampshire resident who said they wanted to carry guns for protection. “There is no longer...

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