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Packing heat in the District just got a little easier thanks to Judge Frederick J. Scullin. In a U.S. District Court order today, Scullin denied the District’s request for a stay on an injunction that withdrew a central portion of the city’s new gun law.
Last year, the District reacted to Scullin’s ruling against a ban on carrying guns by allowing gun-owners to receive concealed-permits—-but only if they could prove to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier that they have a legitimate reason to need a gun.
In his May 18 injunction, Scullin ruled that the requirement to provide a reason to have a gun still violates the Second Amendment. The District asked for an immediate stay of the May 18 injunction pending an appeal, but Scullin refused today.
Just what qualifies to Lanier as a legitimate reason to own a gun, incidentally, isn’t clear. A few months ago, LL tried to get approved and rejected concealed carry applications through a Freedom of Information Act request, but the D.C. Council’s gun legislation already exempted applications from open records requests.
Gun photo by Shutterstock