In May, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon blocked the District of Columbia’s police chief from enforcing the “good reason” requirement for one to apply to carry a concealed handgun in the capital. This is one of many times in recent years where the District has been smacked down for violating the right to bear arms.
Since then, D.C. Metro PD has seen a massive increase in applications for carry permits given that the good reason requirement is no longer being enforced.
Ten days after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s order blocked the city from enforcing a key provision of its gun laws, the Metropolitan Police Department had received 85 concealed carry permit applications — compared to the 61 applications it had received in the prior six months.
The disclosure was made by the District’s office of the attorney general in a motion filed before a federal appellate court as city attorneys sought to overturn Judge Leon’s May 17 ruling — in which the judge wrote that the District’s concealed carry laws were likely an “unconstitutional burden.”
Granted, 85 permit applications is not all that many in a city consisting on over 600,000, but the application rate is what is key here. In the previous six months, only 61 applications were received for carry permits. Now, in just under two weeks, ten days to be exact as of the original report, after the order, 85 have been filed. That’s an increase of over 2,500%!!
Now that residents are no longer required to demonstrate an actual threat to life and limb, residents who understand the dangers of the real world are taking advantage of this opportunity to take back their right of self-defense.
The battle is far from over though, as the case still rages on in the D.C. Circuit Court system.
In a 2-1 decision Friday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved the request for an immediate administrative stay. The decision allows the city to temporarily enforce its requirement that gun owners applying for a concealed carry permit prove they have a “good reason to fear injury” or another “proper reason,” such as a job that requires carrying large amounts of cash or valuables.
The appellate court also requested that both sides file briefs this month so that the stay can be considered pending further review on appeal.
The fight for the right to bear arms is once again heating up in the nation’s capital. Freedom won the day in 2008 in D.C. vs. Heller, and again in Palmer vs. D.C., and again in Wren vs. D.C. However, through the appeals processes, several of the rulings have been reversed, slowing down the process.
But gun owners in the capital, have no fear, we have not forgotten you, and will continue to support you in the fight to restore the Second Amendment in the capital for all residents.