Dan Gilmore / Jun. 30, 2015

DC Gun Laws Stay in Place Pending Appeal

There’s another twist in the journey on the District of Columbia’s path to Second Amendment Liberty. After the city was ordered to allow its citizens the right to gun ownership, DC made the right contingent on a stringent application process, essentially making the right to bear arms only applicable in the privacy of a very few DC residents’ homes. After a judge ruled against the city’s practices, a federal appeals court issued a stay on that decision, saying the city’s rules stay in place pending the outcome of the court decision. While keeping the city’s laws is an indication that the judge is sympathetic to the District’s arguments, the Second Amendment Foundation, the group challenging the city’s gun laws, said it’s happy with the ruling, as it also expedites the appeal process. Founder of SAF Alan Gottlieb said,“We expected the Court to issue a stay pending appeal. The good news is they also ordered an expedited appeal as well. I am sure the City would have liked to drag the appeal out and now they can’t.” Despite a clear Second Amendment, the swamp along the Potomac is continuing to fight tooth and nail to prevent its citizens from exercising one of their inherent rights.

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