‘We won!’ Gun rights group scores major victory for Second Amendment

second-amendmentA federal judge ruled Saturday that the nation’s capital’s ban on carrying guns outside the home is unconstitutional, dealing a serious blow to the gun grabbing crowd.

In a landmark decision, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in Palmer v. District of Columbia, “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,” Fox News reported.

Lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, Alan Gura, said, “We won,” to Fox, in a case that had dragged on for five years. “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right.”

The 19-page ruling further made clear that qualified non-residents of D.C. also may carry guns, and that the city must enact new registration procedures consistent with “constitutional standards.”

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Gura added that the city would likely appeal the decision and that “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.”

“With this decision in Palmer, the nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust,” he wrote on his blog.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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