WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

National News

WJBD - National News - Judge Lifts DC Ban on Guns in Public

Judge Lifts DC Ban on Guns in Public

Image Source/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A ruling that would allow registered gun owners to carry firearms in public has thrown Washington, D.C. for a loop.

On Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that a "total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is unconstitutional."

The judge said he would stop enforcement of the ban until D.C. came up with a "constitutionally valid licensing."

However, ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes explains, "This won't be the last word on the subject. The District of Columbia will likely appeal the order, and ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court may be called on to clarify when and how lawmakers are allowed to impose restrictions on the right of citizens guaranteed by the Second Amendment to carry guns."

Attorney Alan Gura, representing the group challenging the ban, says the ruling should be in effect immediately and will lead to less crime on the streets as people will be able to defend themselves.

However, Ted Gest, a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, says the AG is asking Judge Scullin to stay his ruling pending appeal.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

See other NationalNews news:

Feds: Russian Spy Posing as Banker Nabbed in NYC
Lance Armstrong on Doping: 'I Would Probably Do It Again'
Remembering the Storm that Shut Down New York City
Suspect Surrenders in Case of Missing Craigslist Car Couple
WATCH: Pilot Pulls Parachute in Dramatic Plane Escape over Ocean




Loyal Listener Club

Club Login

Follow Us At

This Site logo