The District of Columbia is a corrupt and lawless place, especially where it comes to guns. Again and again the District’s gun laws get struck down, and the city just passes an ordinance in its place that is slightly reworded but equally unconstitutional. And so gun owners in the district seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights live in perpetual fear about what is and is not legal with respect to their firearms – which is, of course, exactly what D.C. wants.
In the latest round, a federal judge has halted enforcement of the city’s latest blatantly unconstitutional law:
For the second time in as many years, a federal judge in Washington ordered the city to halt enforcement of its new, concealed-carry law, requiring applicants to state “good reason” to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police.
The preliminary injunction was contained in a 46-page ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon that will be in force pending further litigation. Leon declared the District’s gun-permitting system is likely unconstitutional. The system was adapted by the District after its long-standing ban on carrying firearms in public was overturned at court order in 2014.
I am sure, after this ordinance is left for dead on appeal, that the District will raise up some equally baseless ordinance to scare its citizens away from carrying guns. It’s long past time for Congress to step in and bring the District’s government to heel on this issue, but they won’t, thanks largely to Democrats, who the overwhelming majority of D.C. residents support.