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D.C. Handgun Law Overturned


I certainly wasn’t expecting this on a Friday in March, but it’s a good decision.

From Bloomberg:

March 9 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. appeals court struck down a three-decade-old District of Columbia law that bans residents from keeping a handgun in their homes, saying the Constitution’s Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington also threw out a district law requiring registered firearms to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock.

It’s the first time a federal appeals court has struck down a gun-control measure on Second Amendment grounds. Nelson Lund, a constitutional law professor at George Mason University in neighboring Virginia, said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is “very likely.”

“This is clearly an extremely significant ruling,” Lund said. “The District of Columbia had some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country.”

I’m not a huge handgun fan, but requiring people to have trigger locks or having the thing disassembled sort of defeats the purpose, yes?

Now, concealment I’m not really okay with, but if somebody wants a gun in their home for protection, that’s their right.