WASHINGTON — D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but they have been loosened a bit after a judge ruled in favor of three firearms owners who sued the city claiming it was virtually impossible to obtain a concealed carry permit.
Attorney Alan Gura represents the three gun owners who filed a lawsuit against D.C.
“You certainly don’t need a ‘good reason’ to be able to carry a gun for self defense which is a fundamental right,” Gura says.
A federal judge agreed with Gura and granted an injunction blocking police from requiring residents to show a “good reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.
“When they pass the background check, they eat their vegetables, do everything they’re supposed to do, the city cannot deny the permit because the police chief disagrees with the idea of people exercising this right,” Gura says.
But he says that doesn’t mean it will become a “firearm free-for-all” in the nation’s capital.
Rob Morris with the city attorney general’s office says the ruling is being reviewed but maintains the law “is constitutionally valid.”
“This decision does not stop the city from regulating the carrying of guns in the interest of public safety,” Morris says.