Various automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md. on June 18, 2013.
Various automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md. on June 18, 2013. Gary Cameron—Reuters

Judge Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban

Jul 28, 2014

The District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of one's home is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment, a federal judge has ruled.

In a decision shared Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin said the D.C.'s ban violated citizens' right to self-defense, the Associated Press reports.

"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," Scullin wrote.

After a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision ended the city's long-standing handgun ban, D.C. created new laws that required gun owners to, among other precautions, keep the weapons only inside their homes and register them again every three years. A federal judge upheld the controversial restrictions in a May ruling.

Explaining his decision, Scullin cited the 2008 opinion as well as a 2010 ruling regarding a ban on handguns in Chicago.

A spokesperson for the D.C.'s Office of the Attorney General said the district was "studying the opinion" but declined to "comment on its substance." The AP also cited an unnamed city official who said the city would ask for a stay and was considering an appeal.

[AP]

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