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D.C. Gives Up Defending Total Ban on Carrying Firearms, Shifts to Defense of Near-Total Ban

by WOA Admin April 03, 2015

On April 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the D.C.’s motion to voluntarily dismiss an appeal of the ruling that held the District’s ban on carrying a firearm outside the home for self-defense was unconstitutional.  The District’s decision not to continue the appeal ends one of the last outright bans on carrying firearms in the United States.  While this marks the end of the District’s total ban, those wishing to lawfully carry firearms in D.C. still have a long way to go before all law-abiding individuals have a legal means of exercising their right to bear arms in the District.  Shortly after the ban was held unconstitutional last July, the D.C. council adopted a temporary law that makes it all but impossible to get a license to carry a concealed pistol.  A nearly identical version of that temporary law is still in effect, and a permanent version is under review by Congress and set to become law on May 30. 


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