Law Shield is not surprised to read that while Washington, D.C., has been accepting applications for concealed handgun permits, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will appeal a judge’s ruling requiring D.C. to issue concealed-carry permits.
In his July 2014 ruling, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote that “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.”
Rather than accept that it has violated its residents’ Constitutional rights for decades and fix the problem, D.C. seems hell-bent on finding ways around the decision (in particular, may-issue rules instead of shall-issue rules).
And now the news of the pending appeal.
When you have a sizable litigation budget funded by taxes, and the political bosses in your area don’t want a thing to happen, an attorney can thwart a decision for years, maybe decades. Doesn’t make it right, but this is D.C. we’re talking about.