DC Gun Ban Overturned in Second Amendment Validation

A divided three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit has overturned Washington DC’s gun ban!!! The decision is here in PDF format. According to the Second Amendment Foundation:

A ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that strikes down the District’s 1976 handgun ban and holds that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms is “a landmark for liberty, and an affirmation that everything the gun rights community has been saying for years is correct,” the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

The 2-1 ruling came in the case of Parker v. District of Columbia. Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman wrote the opinion, with Judge Thomas B. Griffith concurring. Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson dissented. The ruling holds that the District’s long-standing ban on carrying a pistol in the home for personal protection is unconstitutional. SAF filed an amicus brief in the case.

In his ruling, Judge Silberman wrote, “In sum, the phrase ‘the right of the people,’ when read intratextually and in light of Supreme Court precedent, leads us to conclude that the right in question is individual.”

“This is a huge victory for firearm civil rights,” said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. “It shreds the so-called ‘collective right theory’ of gun control proponents, and squarely puts the Second Amendment where it has always belonged, as a protection of the individual citizen’s right to have a firearm for personal defense.”

It’s about time!

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1 Response to DC Gun Ban Overturned in Second Amendment Validation

  1. llg1183 says:

    A big day for DC and the 2nd Amendment. The people of DC apparently are not given the same protection under the 2nd Amendment according to Judge Henderson. I have not spoken to Judge Henderson since 1984 and was not aware of her stance regarding the 2nd Amendment. I a sorry she denied DC the benefits of the 2nd Amendment simply because DC is not a State. I feel like that is equal to telling the DC citizens they cannot vote becasue they do not live in a State.

    I look forward to this matter going before the Supreme Court and pray the Supreme Court rules that individual Citizens of the United States is afforded the “Arms Bearing” right of the 2nd Amendment.

    llg1183 (step brother of Judge Henderson)

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