In DC, no less.
In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, 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. Therefore, the Court
finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of
handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants
Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from
enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4)
and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the
District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with
constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second
Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits
the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public
for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.
Man, the Usual Suspects must be foaming at the mouth.
Take a look at that first sentence: In light of Heller, McDonald and their progeny; it was said right after each that the reverberations would be felt for years. No kidding.
With this decision in Palmer, the nation’s last explicit ban of
the right to bear arms has bitten the dust. Obviously, the carrying of
handguns for self-defense can be regulated. Exactly how is a topic of
severe and serious debate, and courts should enforce constitutional
limitations on such regulation should the government opt to regulate.
But totally banning a right literally spelled out in the Bill of Rights
isn’t going to fly.
Bloomberg and Schumer and Obama and their subsidiaries are pissed. Because this makes a lot of what they've been trying to do flatly out of bounds.
If it wouldn't scare the dogs and annoy the neighbors I'd run out and do a happy dance.
Also, Missouri is looking at a measure that would greatly strengthen 2nd Amendment protections. It passed the Missouri Senate 23 to 8 and the Missouri House 122 to 31, which makes it pretty much veto-proof, I believe. The anti-rights people are challenging it, of course.
And one more: that Florida law that said doctors can't generally ask patients if they own guns? Upheld.