Big Win for Second Amendment – D.C.’s “good reason” clause ruled “patently unconstitutional”

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WND — Second Amendment advocates won a significant court battle Tuesday against the District of Columbia’s “good reason” requirements for gun carrying in the nation’s capital.

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of such a requirement in Washington, D.C., declaring by a 2-1 margin that requiring citizens to have a “good reason” to carry a firearm is patently unconstitutional.

The District of Columbia does issue non-resident licenses, so the ruling has a far-reaching impact beyond just the residents of the capital city. Millions of visitors to the nation’s capital each year will now be able to apply for a carrying permit as well as residents.

The majority opinion, written by Judge Thomas Beall Griffith, a 2005 George W. Bush appointee, declared:

“At the Second Amendment’s core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions…The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under (the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court’s Heller ruling).”

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