Allowing D.C. Public Gun Carrying Could Have Big Impact On Event Security


A federal judge's decision to strike down Washington, D.C.’s ban on carrying guns in public could have dramatic implications for the security of dignitaries and the safety of high-profile events, says Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The Washington Post reports that she called for “reasonable provisions” restricting the public from bearing arms in sensitive locations at sensitive times. Lanier cited major public events such as the Fourth of July celebrations on the Mall and next week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which is expected to attract dozens of world leaders, as places where gun carrying should be tightly restricted. Otherwise, she said, the court decision would have a relatively minimal impact on street crime or her department's ability to police neighborhoods and lock up dangerous criminals who are found carrying guns.

“Law-abiding citizens that register firearms, that follow the rules, are not our worry,” she said. “Our worry really is, how do we maintain the level of security in the nation's capital that we're required to maintain 24 hours a day in the areas that we're required to maintain that security?” The ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin has been put on hold until late October, while city leaders determine how to comply with his finding that the city's flat ban on the carrying of weapons by people who are not law enforcement officials violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

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