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Firearms carry ban struck down in D.C.

Attorney Alan Gura, the late Otis McDonald and SAF's Alan Gottlieb discuss their groundbreaking Supreme Court case ruling the Second Amendment applied to the states as well as the federal government.
Attorney Alan Gura, the late Otis McDonald and SAF's Alan Gottlieb discuss their groundbreaking Supreme Court case ruling the Second Amendment applied to the states as well as the federal government.
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The ban on carrying of firearms by citizens in the nation’s capitol has been struck down by the United States District Court, District of Columbia, attorney Alan Gura, representing plaintiffs in Palmer vs. District of Columbia announced Saturday.

“In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,” Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. wrote in a Memorandum-Decision Order signed Thursday and filed today.

“Having reviewed the parties' submissions and the applicable law ... the Court here by GRANTS Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and DENIES Defendants' cross-motion for summary judgment,” Judge Scullin wrote, further ordering “that Defendants ... are permanently enjoined from enforcing D .C. Code ... to ban registration of handguns to be carried in public for self- defense by law-a biding citizens.”

“Victory in Palmer v. D.C.,” Gura wrote on his website. “Justice never sleeps…. not even on a Saturday afternoon, when this opinion was just handed down.”

The decision was a long time coming for a case initially filed almost a full five years ago.

The Palmer case, like the Heller and McDonald cases which Gura also represented with backing from the Second Amendment Foundation, produces a major decision that sets back the agenda of those opposing the right to bear arms. For more details on this case, see the SAF website and case documents.