WaPo: Federal appeals court lets new D.C. gun law stand, pending final ruling

Spencer Hsu for The Washington Post reports:

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the District can continue enforcing its new rules for gun permits, pending a final ruling on whether the restrictions are constitutional — indicating that the judges see some merit in the city’s position that the law should stand.

In overturning an injunction last month by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued no opinion explaining its reasoning. But the appeals court set aside Scullin’s finding that a challenge by gun rights activists to a key provision of the D.C. law was likely to prevail.

That provision requires a person to state a “good reason” for carrying a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police.

…Attorneys for Wrenn and the other plaintiffs had argued successfully before Scullin that the D.C. gun regulation continues to violate the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. The judge wrote that the District failed to show that people with “good reason” to carry a firearm are any less likely to pose a public safety danger than others.

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