There are some states that have a law that requires anyone applying for a gun permit to have a “good reason” to own a gun. Saying that you have a 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not good enough. Saying that you need one for general self-defense isn’t good enough either. You have to prove to the police that you are in imminent danger of being hurt or killed by someone in particular. Then, maybe they’ll issue you a permit. Of course, maybe they won’t believe you, and your application gets denied.
D.C. is one of those places that requires that you have a “good reason” to have a gun. And a judge just declared that law unconstitutional. The Daily Caller reported:
U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. placed a hold on Washington D.C.’s mandate that firearm owners must have a “good reason” to get a concealed carry permit in the District. The judge said the requirement took away citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
Judge Scullin granted a preliminary injunction as a result of a lawsuit brought forth by three gun owners who sought to overturn the bureaucratic D.C. gun law claiming the regulations surrounding it make it impossible for the majority of law abiding individuals to qualify for a D.C. firearms permit.
“For all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Judge Scullin wrote within his 23 page opinion.
Local lawmakers created the D.C. gun permitting process after Scullin ruled the District’s long-time ban on carrying firearms in public was unconstitutional last year. The process was intended to set up a process for residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry permits.
Prior the passage of the law for gun permits, law-abiding citizens with permits from other states were allowed to carry in D.C. for a period time before the District took legal action to end the brief carry period.
This is only one small step, but it’s in the right direction. D.C. is a dangerous place with lots of criminals and crooks, and I’m not just talking about the ones who hang out on Capitol Hill. It’s been a dangerous place because for so long it’s been a gun-free zone. Slowly, things have been moving in the direction of gun ownership, and if it gets to the point where all law-abiding citizens can carry, it might actually be a pretty safe place to live.