Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine will not appeal a court order blocking enforcement of the city’s restrictions on the carrying of concealed guns in public to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for what could be a marked increase in firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to issue an order as soon as today enforcing its recent ruling that struck down the city’s requirement that people seeking licenses to carry concealed weapons must demonstrate a “good reason” — such as a credible fear of violence — for carrying a gun in public, the Washington Post reports.
It means permit-seekers could begin applying to carry concealed weapons as soon as today. It is not clear whether city officials will attempt to rewrite the law to enforce additional permit restrictions beyond the requirements — for a background check and firearms training — that the appeals court left intact. Many gun-control advocates argued D.C. should not appeal because of the risk that an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling could strike down concealed-carry regulations across the country in states such as California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Jersey and Connecticut.