A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked Washington, D.C., from enforcing strict limits on carrying concealed firearms in public, restrictions that police officials have said are necessary to promote public safety in the nation’s capital, reports the Washington Post. In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the District’s system, which requires a “good reason” to obtain a permit, is akin to an outright ban in violation of the Second Amendment. “Bans on the ability of most citizens to exercise an enumerated right would have to flunk any judicial test,” wrote Judge Thomas B. Griffith, who was joined by Judge Stephen F. Williams.
The court’s ruling is the latest legal blow for city officials who have been forced to rewrite gun-control regulations ever since the Supreme Court in 2008 used a D.C. case to declare a Second Amendment right to gun ownership. The ruling follows proposals from Republican members of Congress that would require the District to honor concealed-carry permits from other states in the wake of a June shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said his office is committed to “fighting for common-sense gun rules.”